Amy Abdalla - 2021 Journalism Senior Colloquium
From Margo Bresnen on May 1st, 2021
My article will expose the National Security Agency's strategy of using the 2011 Arab Spring as a way to increase the online presence of dissidents and subsequently track their online activities. I will do this by using documents from the NSA data leak of 2013 along with data on the usage of social networks leading up to and after the Arab Spring. I will argue that the U.S. media was inadvertently complicit in this strategy, as they pushed the narrative of a "social media revolution" despite the reality on the ground proving otherwise. I will prove that social media usage in Egypt skyrocketed after the Arab Spring, not before.