Collation of Feb14 youths logo painted on a wall in Bahrain
One of the most painful facts is that the locals of Bahrain are suffering alone. Its frustrating that Arabs divided to pro and against revolutions in both countries Bahrain and Syria. I can go on and on about this subject but its at the end of the day useless, because people whom are still tied up with sectarian differences are not up to live with other human beings peacefully.
Its, unfortunately, more than this in the case of Bahrain. There are almost universal agreement to kill or at least to mute the revolution. Sadly they succeed! many activists around the MENA region wondered “why did the Bahrainis gave up so early?” and some blamed them “why you don’t go on the news more often?” . Its easy to conclude then if there are people who don’t believe that Bahrainis have the right to live peacefully in a democratic regime, there are also many don’t know that Bahrainis after almost a year from their first revolutionary act in Feb 14, 2011 still fight toward freedom and democracy.
Film maker May Ying Welsh inspired by the fact that the Lulu revolution is almost the only revolution of Arab-spring that is ignored by the entire world titled her Al-Jazeera produced documentary “Shouting In The Dark” a documentary that hits 200,000 viewer on its fourth day on Youtube.
As this introduction suggest there is no way to follow news about the revolution in Bahrain from the news on TVs or newspapers but, of course, the western ones from time to time, as its completely, shamefully, ignored by the Arabic media. To follow the revolution in Bahrain you need to follow citizen journalists or classic journalists through websites and new media I’m afraid to say.
Therefore I will try to build a references list for those whom are interested
- Bahrainmirror.com (Ar/En) online newspaper established by Bahraini journalists around the world, most of them left Bahrain after the revolution as their lives were in danger.
- Manamavoice.com (Ar)
- Globalvoice.com / Bahrain (support multiple languages)
- Facebook Groups and Pages
– Feel free to quote or repost this list. And if you are an activist online consider this a personal appeal to spread the word about whats going on in Bahrain.
– If you feel that there are more resources should be mentioned in this list, please mention them in a comment below.
Forget about the key bored, take a paper and pen for a while and draw your "online" map
I just done mapping my accounts on the internet, discovered I have too many of them by the way. Really glad that I just did that, I feel really organized and have some space for more productivity now.
I was doing this task as a part of “threat assessment” in order to enhance my security online. However I discovered Its useful to spot and evaluate the content I post online. more importantly it gave me the impression about the time I spend on social media and weather if its needed or not.
during this task I found that some of my activity has minor priority but I always do it because it is fun and easy to do. Also I came to conclusions that I should use certain language for certain account. I also after this task take a decision to stop a blog that I think is really achieved its goals and dedicate the time i spend on it to start writing my first book. Last but not least I hope that reorganizing my priorities online will help me focus on new types of new and social media such as Youtube and podcasts
I personally encourage the people who spend long time online to do this mapping, of course everyone can do ti on his own way, and this is the way I did mine
- I listed all the accounts I have online
- under each account I stated what I currently use the account for
- in front of that, I stated what goals I wanted to achieve with each account
- accordingly I rated the priority of each account.
- Finally I listed any new behaviors should be adopted while using each account, in order to accomplish to goals ( cancel the account, change the language, the subject matters, give it more time, etc .. ) \
If you did similar task, you are more than welcome to share you recipe ..
Aswat intiative is am awsome place for activist to get more about digital security and acitvism
Digital Security is indeed an important term that online activists are highly recommended to be aware of. Many people are active on the internet, recently people use internet for more than personal browsing. They use it to influence and promote change for certain agenda they believe in. it could be freedom and democracy and it could be something else. it depends on the user himself. Such a development in using the internet specially after the popularity achieved by social media portals made the internet not as safe as before, Therefore “online activists” should pay as much attention to their security online as much they do offline.
There are many NGOs provide trainings and publications on digital security, sometimes it might be boring specially for those who are not interested in computer stuff but its always good to know how to establish “encrypted” secure connection, how to break censorship, how to send “encrypted” attachment protected with password and alike matters.
I was in related training few days ago and learned that my last blog was been killed by something called “denial of service attack” it was a great opportunity to learn about this attack and to know how its working. At least now I know how those people who were targeting my blog succeed in their attack and I can be more carful in the future.
Basically, from any cyber activist prospective, who doesn’t care much about technology-related matters “I do by the way” achieving secure environment can be accomplished by downloading some tools like antivirus, firewall, tor, keypass, etc. and use them properly, but of course the much you read about it, the much you attend trainings the better.