Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up
In the early days of the Arab Spring, Wael Ghonim declared, "If you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet."
Ghonim, a well-known Egyptian activist at the center of the Cairo protests, shouldn't have stopped there. Just giving a society the Internet isn't enough to set it free.
As pro-democracy and social justice movements have taken root on the Web, they've been challenged by official efforts to remake networks into tools of censorship and exclusion.