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    The Revolution and the Internet


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     arasquare says because of the Internet he was able to document that political revolution in his country, Egypt. 'The Internet played an important role in the revolution in my country and in the other Arab countries,' he says. In addition, he wanted to highlight other resources the Internet provides that sometime go unnoticed by many people. 'In countries like mine where oppressive regimes ruled, we didn't have freedom so Internet served as a free space where we can express and share our views and opinions freely. Now we have more freedom than before, thanks to the revolution,' he says.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Because of the Internet, I was able to document the ongoing protests in Egypt through sharing picture and videos with people around the world to show them what's really happening on the ground that may not be covered on the mainstream media. In my country, media is controlled by the regime so they spread false news most of the time and specially during the mass protests. Internet served as a free space where we can share our views and opinions freely. It also served as alternative to the mainstream media where we can spread the real news. We also used social media to communicate with each other and with people around the world. Because Internet is such a powerful weapon, Mubarak's regime shut it down in the early days of the revolution in an attempt to stop the ongoing protests in Egypt.

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