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.