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Scholars Re-Examine Arab World’s ‘Facebook Revolutions’

Mohamed El-Shahed, AFP, Getty Images

Alaa Abd El Fattah, an Egyptian blogger and activist shown here in court last year, was recently 
sentenced to a five-year jail term for breaking a ban on protests.
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In January 2011, Laila Shereen Sakr realized something momentous was happening in the Middle East when her server crashed.

Ms. Shereen Sakr, at that time a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s media arts and practice program...

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