In the 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, looks at the "cute cat" theory of internet activism, and how it helps explain the Arab Spring. He discusses how activists around the world are turning to social media tools which are extremely powerful, easy to use and difficult for governments to censor. The Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is co-sponsored by the UBC Continuing Studies, the Laurier Institution, and Yahoo.
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Arab monarchies have so far survived the unrest of the Arab Spring without major challenges to their authority, but their countries are not immune to the widespread popular discontent. November 22, 2011
One year after the Arab Spring began, Lebanon reflects on its own experience with popular protests during the Cedar Revolution. February 3, 2012 http://www.carnegieendowment.org/2012/02/03/lebanon-on-margins-of-arab-spring/96s6