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Research Shows Internet Shutdowns And State Violence In Syria Related

EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, suggests that Internet shutdowns are becoming part of a toolkit for more violent repression.

Drones Could Airdrop Relief Supplies To Combat Zones In Syria

Drones — like sharks and William Shatner — are often misunderstood by the public. Many associate the autonomous fliers with warfare and creepy government spies. But drones can be heroic, dropping life-saving supplies to civilians in combat zones.

Hackers Posed As Hot Girls On Skype To Steal Intel From Syrian Rebels

It’s kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you’re not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They have been posing as hot girls on Skype and stealing battle plans from the Syrian rebel army.

The Invisible F-22 Raptor Flying On Its Way To Bomb ISIS In Syria

Video: We saw the awesome photos and now we have the video: Witness the F-22 Raptor refuelling somewhere over the Arabian Peninsula en route to ISIS targets in Syria, captured from a KC-135 tanker on September 27, 2014.

This Must-Watch PSA Has Left Me Speechless

More than 100 NGOs — including Oxfam, Save the Children and Amnesty International — have united to put pressure on next week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting with this shocking PSA.

Syria's 'Monuments Men' Are Trying To Save History Amidst ISIS Chaos

Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world — and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it.

Snowden: The NSA Accidentally Turned Off Syria's Internet

Remember when the Syrian government shut down the entire country’s internet a little under two years ago? Well, thanks to Edward Snowden’s recent Wired interview, we now know that may not quite be what happened. In fact, according to Snowden, it was the NSA who flipped the switch.

This Syrian Refugee Camp Has Transformed Into A City Of 85,000

This is an aerial view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since the camp opened in July 2012 hundreds of refugees have arrived daily and the population reached 144,000 in 2013. According to the New York Times, the number decreased to 85,000 in 2014, but the camp has become an informal city.

A Second A Day Video Set In A War Torn Country Is Confronting

Second a day videos are usually pretty cute. Not this one. It certainly starts that way, but by the time it ends, you will have an overload of feels.

12 More Viral Photos That Are Totally Fake

Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies or both. Like these!

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