In a recent essay on the role of modern information technologies in democratic processes, Zeynep Tufekci described the actions of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in cutting off Internet and cellular service during the 2011 Tahrir uprising as follows: The move backfired: It restricted the flow of information coming out of Tahrir Square but caused international attention on Egypt to spike. He hadn't understood that in the 21st century it is the flow of attention, not information (which we already have too much of), that matters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8664494
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Technology and Society Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2019

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