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Oct 16

Wael Ghonim “Cyberoptimist”

anatomy-1751201_960_720Wael Ghonim, an Egyptian cyberactivist who participated in the uprisings of the Arab Spring in his country, was one of the speakers who participated last December in the TEDGlobal talks with a speech entitled “Let’s design social media to promote a real change.” In his talk, Ghonim makes an interesting reflection, based on his personal experience about the effects and evolution of actions promoted over the Internet and social media. This action adds to a list of previous papers that addresses the issue of power of social media, and is closely related in particular to the presentation given by the academic Clay Shirky in June 2009 about the power of news reporting through social networks by citizens in repressive regimes. The diffusion of the Internet May Have a palpable bearing on civic participation (Morozov, 2011). Continue reading →


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