Syria Restores Access to Facebook and YouTube

According to the NYTimes, Syria has restored Facebook and YouTube.  Now that Egyptian President Murbarak has resigned, it will be interesting to study the role of social media, and Web 2.0 technology in the 2011 revolutions.

From the article: “The Syrian government began allowing its citizens Wednesday to openly use Facebook and YouTube, three years after blocking access to Facebook and other sites as part of a crackdown on political activism. Human rights advocates greeted the news guardedly, warning that the government might have lifted the ban to more closely monitor people and activity on social networking sites….”

There’s a great quote from the Secretary of State camp: ” “We welcome any positive steps taken to create a more open Internet, but absent the freedoms of expression and association, citizens should understand the risks,” said Alec J. Ross, senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who helped organize a delegation of business leaders from technology companies to meet with Mr. Assad in Syria last year. In those meetings, the business leaders said that opening the Web would be important to drive innovation.”

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