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2.7.12 Social Media Revolutionary: An Evening with Egyptian Activist Wael Ghonim

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

Speakers:
Wael Ghonim, Author, Revolution 2.0
Moderator: Laura Sydell, NPR Correspondent




Hear first-hand what can happen when personal conviction and social media unite. The revolutions sweeping the Middle East in 2011 were unlike any the world had ever seen. How did it all start? In the fall of 2010, then-30-year-old Wael Ghonim launched a Facebook page to protest the death of an Egyptian citizen, Khaled Said, at the hands of the police. The page attracted thousands of members and, combined with Twitter and YouTube, became an outlet for like minds to speak out and reach out to others on issues of corruption, brutality, and oppression. This sparked online and real-world protests, Ghonim's arrest, and eventually, a revolution that led to the departure of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Don't miss this rare opportunity to personally hear Ghonim, author of the newly released Revolution 2.0, tell the inside story in an onstage interview with NPR correspondent Laura Sydell.

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