IMHO

Some links and signs of spring

On the way to work this morning I heard an NPR piece about Ramy Essam, the musician who was “arrested” and tortured by the army last week. I wondered if any of the 23 year olds I know are capable of saying as Ramy does now that  he “still believes that there are honest people […]

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Not revolution 2.0

I don’t think that online communication – Facebook, Twitter – made these revolutions happen. I am aware that many people have been working for these for years. Wael Ghonim’s talk at TED is worth watching though. And if you haven’t heard of TED – Ideas Worth Spreading, check it out [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWvJxasiSZ8[/youtube]

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Something is happening, Mr. Jones

It is not that I think I will see world peace in my lifetime because of Twitter. I may be an idealist (semi-closeted) but I am not a complete idiot.  I do think something very interesting is happening though. A man named Kovas Boguta has devised a really wonderful graphic showing the influences English speaking […]

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Further notes on online communication during revolutions

There’s an excellent overview of how online communication tools were used during the Egyptian Revolution as well as a timeline of communication shutdowns here: Egypt Revolution 2011 and Communications. It’s by Ramy Raoof whose photos I followed via Twitter links during the demonstrations.

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The proof’s in the pudding

Another thing the revolution in Egypt has done for me personally is to restore my faith in the power of people, together, to effect great change for good. I am an idealist (surprise!) and today I am not embarrassed to say so, although my idealism had about shriveled after 56 years of life. I graduated […]

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The Sandmonkey effect

Hearing that Sandmonkey had been arrested made my heart clutch up. My cousin (whose knowledge of the Middle East is better than mine) had told me I should follow a “witty Egyptian blogger” Sandmonkey, if I was interested in what was happening. I found his blog and read this post: Egypt, right now!. He said […]

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Party in Cairo

I kept the BBC news online streaming minimized as I worked today so that I could at least listen. Al Jazeera’s live stream does not come through at work. It’s probably some firewall port or something. I haven’t investigated, if I had been able to get it I wouldn’t have gotten much done in the […]

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Getting to know the protesters

Hundreds of people infront of the presidential palace in Heliopolis. So peacful. So cold out here. #egypt #jan25 posted by @jarelkamar from Twitter for iPhone 2 hours 48 mins ago see: http://yfrog.com/h0enezqj I’ve been glued to Al Jazeera Engish’s live stream of Tahrir every moment I haven’t been at work or in the car (except […]

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