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Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Pro-Revolution, Professor Says

He asks why Narus, a California-based company owned by Boeing that creates real-time surveillance equipment, hasn’t been exposed for the way its technology allowed the Mubarak regime to target activists and interrupt their communications strategies.

Or, he wonders, why the media didn’t show the same kind of interest when UK-based Vodafone decided to comply with Mubarak’s demand that it shut down texting services in Egypt.

“Not only is technology not neutral, but it clearly served the interests of Mubarak’s regime,” he said. “In our critiques of Mubarak we have to include a recognition and critique of the way technology served to buttress his regime.”

Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Pro-Revolution, Professor Says