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The U.S. Wants to Create a Political Geek Squad in Egypt

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Jerry Brito, a policy wonk and web developer based in Washington, D.C.

After what some are calling a “Facebook revolution” in Egypt, you’d think that the Egyptians would have something to teach us about digital civic activism, and not the other way around. But the State Department has …

If Libya Falls, What Happens to All Those Twitter bit.ly Links?

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Jerry Brito, a policy wonk and web developer based in Washington, D.C.

If you’re a serious or even occasional twitterer, you may have wondered what the “.ly” at the end of those shortened bit.ly URLs stand for. Well, the answer is Libya. Like “.uk” for United Kingdom or “.jp” for …

How To Stage A DIY Mass Protest

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Conor Friedersdorf.

No matter if you’re aiming to overthrow your government, or to simply shame your local state legislature, some best-practices for a D.I.Y. revolution have emerged of late.

As Egyptians revolted, Malcolm Gladwell argued in The New Yorker that the least …

World Web War I: Why Egypt’s Digital Uprising is Different

We’ve seen cyberwar declared before, but the one playing out in Egypt is my own candidate for World Web War I. Hosni Mubarak fired the first shot,  switching off the internet and mobile phones after crude attempts to block Twitter and Facebook fell apart. The web fought back in ways we haven’t seen before, and it’s winning.

It no …

Cryptids: The Saqqara Bird

Okay, so it’s not an actual real-life bird and therefore not a true “cryptid” per se, but the Saqqara Bird is nonetheless an interesting and mysterious artifact from the ancient past with many possible and opposing explanations.

The Saqqara Bird is a small wooden figurine that was excavated in 1898 from a tomb in Saqqara, Egypt. …