As Rebels Close In On Gaddafi, Libya’s Internet Flickers Back to Life

Late Saturday, somewhere in Libya, a blinking light on a wireless router began to pulsate. It was the first time that most of Libya’s citizens were being connected to the rest of the world since Internet access had been killed in March. Over the weekend, data connections began to trickle in and out as the rebels gained on Tripoli.

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If Libya Falls, What Happens to All Those Twitter 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 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 interesting …