Web Research Project 9

Today, Syria (in the midst of a civil war) had it’s entire network shut down, leaving residents with no way to communicate with each other nor outsiders.  The internet has been a big tool for recent revolutions in the Middle East’s Arab Spring, and many rebel fighters were using social networking sites as well as email to communicate movements to each other.  A friend of mine who was attached to our team last year in my last deployment to Afghanistan had gotten out of the Marine Corps around the same time as I did, was attending law school, but decided to try his hand at freelance journalism.  His primary means of communication was through social media such as Twitter and Facebook to inform the people outside of Syria about the ongoing battle from the rebels’ point of view.  Austin Tice was then captured a few months ago and is believed held by the Syrian government, and a video was released on YouTube a little over a month ago showing him being marched up a hill by alleged extremists, though it is still thought to a video made by the Syrian government to confuse people on his whereabouts.  Shutting down the networks and communications between rebel fighters will severely put a damper on the rebels’ efforts to be able to establish coordinated attacks and works to the benefit of the government.  This article relates to the first page of VT Chapter 9 in the discussion of computer networks and their importance.

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