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Egypt Social Media

Harvesting the Fruits of a Tech Revolution

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.20.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We are only just beginning to understand the impact the Internet and communications technology is having on the Arab world.

When Rumors Turn Into Facts In The Mainstream Media

Moe Ali Nayel | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Moe Ali Nayel

News that is obviously fabricated, or written from behind desks in the U.S, Europe, and east Beirut, angers me because I value the integrity of investigative journalism. I hate seeing how the Syrian peoples' uprising has been manipulated to serve as a tool for some political agendas.

The Facebook Revolt

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 01.03.2012 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Against all odds, Facebook has become one of the most powerful tools for the promotion of freedom. It has made spreading the word to organize for a cause easier to do, faster to execute, and more far-reaching.

Media Live Up to Name as Game Changers in Spreading Arab Revolutions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Any invasion of armies today is being met with an equally hard-hitting invasion of media to cover unfolding events -- often to the consternation of those who seek to suppress people.

Google Exec Kidnapped In Revolution Plans To Start Tech NGO In Egypt

Posted 06.25.2011 | Impact

It’s been quite a year for Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive who became an icon for the Egyptian revolution: he was kidnapped by security ...

A Girl Named "Facebook"

Dean Obeidallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dean Obeidallah

An Egyptian man living in Cairo, welcomed a new daughter into the world this week. Did he give her a traditional Arabic female name like Leila or Rania? Nope, Mr. Ibrahim named his baby daughter "Facebook."

Egyptian Tweeter, First To Use '#Jan25,' Says Twitter Was 'Invaluable' During Protests

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

While some debated the role of social media in Egypt's revolution, Twitter's Hope140 Blog tracked down one particular Egyptian tweeter (@alya1989262) ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

In response to Mubarak stepping down, President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech calling for "nothing less than genuine democracy," not just a government aligned with U.S. interests. There will be many foreign policy takeaways from Egypt, but here's an obvious one: invading a country, toppling its regime, destroying civil society, and then trying to put all the pieces back together with a ten-year occupation and a few trillion dollars turns out not to be the only way to increase the spread of democracy in the Middle East. Wired was more effective than warred. People can now connect to each other faster than any government can connect with its people. And while governments may be able to shut down the hardware, they can't shut off the social effects of digital networks. Any leader who doesn't understand this dynamic should book a room next to wherever Mubarak is heading.

Egypt: The King's Speech Where Everyone Is King

Charlie Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Charlie Firestone

While the radio of the 1930's was the stammering George VI's proving ground, today we see new media amplifying the "king's speech" in Egypt. Except this time, the people are "king."

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

With chaos still roiling Egypt, it's hard to tell if this uprising is Iran 1979, China 1989, or East Germany 1989. We'll have to wait and watch before we can know. But it's not too early to know that if America had done more to nurture a moderate opposition for the last 30 years, instead of choosing a strongman who sided with us over uncertain democracy, we might have some better choices right now. More importantly, so would the Egyptian people. Social media is once again playing an integral role in a popular uprising. Mubarak and his saber-wielding thugs have desperately tried to shut down the Internet and the press in a frantic attempt to keep the whole world from watching. But that's so much harder to do in the age of Twitter, Facebook, cell phone cameras, and YouTube uploads. These new media tools will play a key role in determining whether Tahrir Square 2011 is more Berlin Wall or more Tiananmen Square.

The Egypt Facebook App That Let's You See Conversation In Your Network

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Find out what your friends are saying on Facebook about the historic protests taking place in Egypt. You just have to Facebook Connect and be logged i...

Facebook Blocked In Egypt? Rumors, But No Confirmation

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rumors are flying that the Egyptian government is now restricting access to Facebook after blocking Twitter yesterday, according to TechCrunch and sou...