Smartphone Revolution(?)

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Naharnet, Arab Spring: The First Smartphone Revolution

"Social media and smartphones briefly gave youthful Arab Spring protesters a technological edge that helped topple ageing dictatorships a decade ago as their revolutionary spirit went viral."
I wrote on this topic back in 2012, in the immediate aftermath of initial events. We all know that the notion of 'Arab Spring' was a misnomer. Much has changed: 'Mediterranean Islamic Expression and Web 2.0", chapter in Cesare Merlini & Olivier Roy (editors), Arab Society in Revolt : The West's Mediterranean Challenge (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2012), 76-95

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