Protests who came together against a transit police officer killing a homeless man in San Francisco used mobile technology and social networks, which are reminiscent of the Arab Spring uprisings.

What does the police killing of a homeless man in San Francisco have to do with the Arab Spring uprisings from Tunisia to Syria?

The attempt to suppress the protests that followed. In our digitally networked world, the ability to communicate is increasingly viewed as a basic right. Open communication fuels revolutions – it can take down dictators. When governments fear the power of their people, they repress, intimidate and try to silence them, whether in Tahrir Square or downtown San Francisco. Amy Goodman/The Guardian.

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