Sunday, April 22, 2012

Revolution 2.0: How The Internet Changed Wael Ghonim's Life and Helped Spark Egypt's Uprising

Egyptian demonstrators demanding the ouster of
President Hosni Mubarak and calling for reforms
clash with riot police in Cairo. Police and protesters
clashed in the capital and other parts of Egypt on
Wednesday in a second day of rallies to demand
the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, in the biggest protests
of the president's 30-year rule.
Photo Credit: AFP
In a new memoir, Ghonim describes how the Egyptian people finally rejected 30 years of oppression and found their voice. Here, he discusses with Terrence McNally.
April 16, 2012

Wael Ghonim was a little-known 30-year-old Google manager, unwilling to publicly criticize the Egyptian regime, until he anonymously launched a Facebook campaign to protest the death of one particular Egyptian at the hands of security forces. In his memoir, Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power, he tells us, from his experience, why and how the Egyptian people finally rejected 30 years of oppression and found their voice. "People have called me a hero, but that is ridiculous – this has not been a revolution of heroic individuals, but about people coming together to overcome dictatorship…Social media allow ideas to be shared. They are places where people can unite, revolutions can begin. A new type of revolution – Revolution 2.0," he says   READ MORE

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