Since media are strictly controlled by the Syrian government, the internet has played a key role in allowing opposition activists share images of alleged atrocities carried out by security forces. You can argue that a high-stakes war of information is being waged in Syrian cyberspace, and in one battle at least the hacking group Anonymous is claiming victory.
The purported emails of Syrian officials were released by the group on Sunday. (You can read and watch more about that here.) According to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, the documents were easy for Anonymous to access: they were protected only by the simple password "1-2-3-4-5".
Before Bashar al-Assad was Syria's president he headed the Syrian Computer Society and pushed the country's youth to become more web-savvy. While anti-government activists seeking to oust him are using the internet as a weapon against him, he's also using that experience to his advantage. FULL POST
The drama many people in China are talking about is not a TV show. It is the real-life mystery surrounding Chongqing's famous police chief and deputy mayor. Wang Lijun was suddenly stripped of his security post late last week. On Wednesday, the government announced on its official microblog that he is on leave for "stress."
A bit of background is needed to understand why this is getting so much attention. Chongqing is the world's largest megacity. It is well known for its crackdown on corruption. Police arrested thousands of suspected gangsters and crooked local officials on 2009.
Wang led efforts to clean up Chongqing. Many city residents hail him as a hero. So his abrupt departure has netizens buzzing. Some say he sought asylum at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, more than 300 kilometers from Chongqing.