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Sonia Verma

Foreign Affairs Correspondent for The Globe And Mail

Sonia Verma is a Canadian journalist who covers foreign affairs for The Globe and Mail. She has covered the economic change in Latin America, the elections in Haiti, and the revolution in Egypt, where she was one of several Canadian journalists detained by the army after demonstrations in Tahrir Square – both via traditional means and through her Twitter account.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

How Digital is Changing The World
The world is undergoing a massive digital transformation, with people connecting and mobilizing in ways never imagined before. We have witnessed already how social media and mobile technology can change the world in concrete ways. The Arab Spring may have taken everyone by surprise, but in this talk, Sonia Verma will discuss how recent events in the Middle East could prove to be just the beginning.”

Social Revolution through Social Media
On January 25, 2011, protesters in Egypt began demonstrating against the regime of President Mubarak. These protests were inspired by a social media campaign that began as a page on Facebook. This page, “We are all Khaled Said”, was created by Wael Ghonim, head of Google’s marketing team in Africa and the Middle East, commenting on the injustices in the death of Khaled Said in June of 2010.

Sonia has first-hand knowledge of both the uprising and the power of social media. In February 2011, while covering the protests, she was detained by Egyptian military at a checkpoint in Cairo alongside Patrick Martin. Sonia and Patrick reported on their experience using Twitter and continued to post updates in the days that followed. In this presentation, Sonia will share her experiences in Egypt and discuss how the world of digital media and digital communications helped to create unprecedented social change in the Middle East.

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Summary Profile

Sonia Verma is a Canadian journalist who covers foreign affairs for The Globe and Mail. She has covered the economic change in Latin America, the elections in Haiti, and the revolution in Egypt, where she was one of several Canadian journalists detained by the army after demonstrations in Tahrir Square – both via traditional means and through her Twitter account.

She began her career at The Toronto Star, where she worked for seven years, and was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for a series chronicling an immigrant family’s journey from Delhi to Toronto. Before joining The Globe and Mail in 2009, Sonia was based in the Middle East and reported from more than a dozen countries for Canadian, American and British newspapers including The Times of London and New York Newsday.

Sonia has written extensively about the Arab-Israeli conflict and the war in Afghanistan. She has covered the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the war in Southern Lebanon and the rise of Hamas, and served as The Times’ Jerusalem correspondent, and later as the Gulf correspondent, reporting from countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. She has reported on the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and deadly floods in Haiti.