Photo by Ihsan
A few weeks ago I blogged about how Facebook had been blocked in Syria because it allowed users too much access to global portals and engagement in free speech. It was also alleged that too many Israelis were participating in Syrian social networks.
You may be interested to know that the minister who banned Facebook has just been fired. Imad Abdul-Ghani Sabbouni will now replace Amr Nazir Salem (left) as the Syrian Minister of Communications.
Now no one is saying that Facebook is the straw that broke the camel’s back, but there is commentary that people who counted were annoyed that major Syrian websites, such as All4Syria.org and Elaph.net, an online Arab newspaper, had been banned. The official reason for the minister’s dismissal are unknown.
(And by the way, I didn’t aim for a mug shot lookalike, that’s the minister’s official government snapshot. You might also be interested to learn that the Syrian government site is not so navigable.)
Thanks to Tamara of MidEast Youth for the update.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like my other articles about the Arab world and Middle East:
Middle Eastern and Muslim Technologies Series–
- “Syria Says No to Facebook: Bloggers Talk Back” (linked above)
- “Israel Facebook Network Goes Viral: Cultural Reporting from the Front Lines”
- “Facebook in Turkey: What Makes Turkey #1?”
Peace and Innovation Series–
- “Arab Literacy: Knowledge Transfer and Translation in the Arab World”
- “Solving the World One Video Game at a Time: 12 Real Life Video Games You Should Know About” (an article about “serious” video games modeled after real world crises, such as Middle East conflict, that are designed to make users better decision makers through simulated play)
- “Israeli Technology and Development: Two New Moves Encourage Foreign Investment” (Israel and Palestinian Authority create joint industrial zone in West Bank)
- “Racing for Peace: An Israeli/Palestinian Team Seeks Sponsorship to Race Formula Vee in England” (motor sports)
- “Middle East Environmentalism: Blogging for the Environment”
- “Playgrounds for Peace: Asserting a Child’s Right to Play”
- Israeli Innovation: Bedouin Town Develops Unique Form of Sign Language”
- “Gaza Giving: Surfing for Peace with Dr. Dorian Paskowitz”
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