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Bassel Safadi a software developer who advanced software for the internet to help people be active online and find new ways to communicate. I found the articles on him very interesting and informative as he quickly posed a threat to the security of the Assad regime. I find it questionable that they’ve detained him for this long because they would be only doing so for some kind of ransom or possibly forcing some kind of job on him. But then again, knowing the brutality and cruelty of the Assad regime, he could also be unfortunately already executed. I think that Bassell’s actions were literally the driving force for people to not only express themselves and start internet campaigns but allowed them the opportunity to do so. Obviously for a totalitarian regime like Assad’s this would be seen as the worst thing to happen because now people can interact and share ideas with each other and in any other part of the world. I also found it amazing that his actions inspired so many digital activists to exist like the many campaigns in Egypt and Tunisia. Or Mohammad Erraji from Morocco who dared to speak out against the King of Morocco on an internet blog. Unfortunately, with such access comes a lot of danger because one person blogging a message can be sent to thousands of people at a time, which for the regimes in these countries poses a huge threat to their sovereignty and legitimacy. I think that the activists online in these countries in the Middle East have admirable courage and guts to risk their lives to change the state of their societies. As for Bassell Saffadi I think that he tried to change the ideas about human rights in his country and it has cost him his life. But I find it even more extraordinary that other bloggers from other countries have continued to express their ideas and activism despite knowing the dangers of being caught. It’s amazing to me that the digital activism has been active and will continue to be as much as the government attempts to control major social networking sites. I do hope that these activists continue to inspire people in their countries to stand up against the injustice, just as they have.

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