Blogs are giving those in the Middle East a new way to express themselves, thereby creating a new breed of on-line activists who choose to blog on politics to the social situation there. According to Haitham Sabbah, a Bahrain-based blogger and Middle East editor for Global Voices, a program launched last year by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, there are now about 1,000 Gulf Arab bloggers-- up five times from 2004.
Saudi Arabia has one of the highest Internet penetration rates in the area, and is also home to the Gulf's biggest blogging community with about 300 bloggers, more than half of them women according to Omran. Many women here also regularly post to their blogs on topics such as the social expectations of women there. As a result, some blogs such as Saudi Eve have been blocked by the government for immoral content.