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Nearly 10 years ago, the series of uprisings known as the Arab Spring began -- triggered by outrage at corruption, Wikileaks revelations, the self-immolation of Tunisian vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi and, above all, mobilisation in Cairo. The first uprising substantially entwined with social media -- the then-relatively new Twitter and Facebook -- ensuring the event rapidly globalised.