Comment Neelie (Kroes)
Making speeches talk
[...] In the Arab Spring, many brave activists successfully used the open Internet to coordinate peaceful protests. In response, despotic governments sought to control or close down Internet access; and also used ICT tools as a tool of surveillance and repression.
This is particularly true when one observes the antithesis. One the one hand, Wael Ghonim created a facebook page that is credited as a significant point of organization for the revolution in Egypt. However, in 2010 Jillian York noted that she was unable to create Facebook pages that included the word Palestine. 
James Losey, 19/04/2012 16:57
Note that these are two different issues: blocking access to the Internet versus allowing access to the Internet but surveilling activity (or, quite possibly, allowing access to the Internet for the very *purpose* of surveilling activity).
Lara Ballard, 19/04/2012 19:34