Jillian C. York writes about free expression, politics, and the Internet, with particular focus on the Arab world:
"Like Alaa Abd El Fattah, I think it's too soon to tell what the true impact of social media was on the events of the past few weeks. I also think it's a bit irresponsible of Western analysts to start pontificating on the relevance of social media to the Tunisian uprising without talking to Tunisians (there are notable exceptions; Ethan Zuckerman's piece for Foreign Policy is spot on, Matthew Ingram does a nice job of opening the debate here, and Evgeny Morozov's analysis-which starts with this great piece-is ongoing)."
Howard University Professor Carolyn M. Byerly's research, to be published in the forthcoming Howard Journal of Communication, February 2011, has found that only 6% of radio and television stations are owned by women, in television the number is less than 5%. For more information, see the Feminist Peace Network website.
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Ron Deibert is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects.