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Science  02 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6060, pp. 1210-1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.1210737

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When people took to the streets across the UK in the summer of 2011, the Prime Minister suggested restricting access to digital and social media in order to limit their use in organizing. The resulting debate complemented speculation on the effects of social media in the Arab Spring and the widespread critique of President Mubarak's decision to shut off the Internet and mobile phone systems completely in Egypt (see the photo).