Click to download “Arab Spring – Content & Context“, which appeared in Issue 2, 2011 of The Channel, the magazine of the Association for International Broadcasting.
This page provides some background information and resources for the article.
Click here for a discussion on why rulers do not block the internet when there are uprisings in their countries
Resources quoted in the article
http://tributefm.com/ Libya’s first free, independent & urban English radio station
www.renesys.com The Internet Intelligence Authority for details of internet traffic, particularly for signs of traffic being blocked in different countries
http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/ Google Transparency Report is the company’s record of the accessibility of their services worldwide and of government requests for information about users or to remove information from their platform
www.hashtags.org Shows Twitter activity by keyword including trends for the last week
www.tineye.com A reverse image search engine which checks where images have been used on the internet and what versions are available
http://www.internetworldstats.com/ Statistics on internet usage by country and by region
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/02/nprs-andy-carvin-on-tracking-and-tweeting-revolutions.html Interview with Andy Carvin of NPR
http://observers.france24.com/fr/content/20110705-hama-nouvel-epicentre-contestation-syrienne-bachar-al-assad-repression-chars-contestation Example page from France24 Les Observateurs reporting on Syrian uprisings in Hama
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/-bbcsms-al-jazeera-developing-new-media-tutorials-for-citizens/s2/a544246/ Al Jazeera training of citizen reporters