Surveillance and censorship: Inside Syria's Internet


Months after the Arab Spring uprisings first rocked the Middle East, a group of

Western free speech activists began to map the Syrian Internet.

What they

discovered was evidence of government surveillance and censorship.

"We were

tipped off that people in Syria were being tracked online, and that information

was being used to hunt down protesters," activist Sam Covin told CBS News.

In the spring

of 2011, Covin and other members of the loose-knit activist group Telecomix,

which provides alternative techniques to bypass statewide blocked Internet or