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Riyaad Minty, Head of Social Media for Al Jazeera: #PdFMeetup

BY Anthony Russomano | Friday, September 9 2011

For those of you who attended our first ever #PdFMeetup Worldwide Day in July, you already know what a great opportunity it is to come together with fellow PdFers in your community: people who are excited by how technology is changing politics, government and civic life. Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback and support (50 PdF communities formed with 250+ people in attendance), we here at the New York office have decided to give it another go.

On September 12th at 6:30 P.M., we're partnering with the good folks at Meetup and we're honored to have with us a special guest: Riyaad Minty, Head of Social Media for Al Jazeera. We expect that there will be great interest in this meetup and will be posting a video archive following the event, for the many of you outside of the New York metro area.

About Riyaad Minty - Head of Social Media, Al Jazeera (Doha)

Riyaad Minty leads the Al Jazeera Network's social media initiatives. As part of the Network's New Media team, he ensures that Al Jazeera has a presence and is part of the conversation across Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Riyaad was part of the team that produced Al Jazeera English's Emmy nominated coverage of the 2008 US Presidential Election (International Digital Emmy 2009). 

Most recently his work has focused on the use of citizen media for crisis reporting, with a particular focus on the Arab Spring (2011), the war on Gaza (2008/9) and the 2009 Iranian election.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Riyaad co-founded Future Technologies which focused on mobile content production, aggregation and distribution. His company brought the award winning cartoon strip, Madam and Eve, to mobile phones across South Africa.

The #PdFMeetup format allows for free flowing dialogue and enables participants to engage openly and honestly. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from and interact with Minty, a man with diverse and extensive knowledge in the field of social media.

For those of you interested in this Meetup who live outside the New York area, stay tuned for an archive of this event in the coming days. We also encourage you to organize your own PdF Meetups and engage with fellow PdFers around the country and world. Check out the PdF Meetup site for more information on over 50 local Meetups or to start your own.

Once you RSVP on our Meetup page, post a comment giving a short description of yourself and why you're joining the PdF community. If you want, mention what kind of work you do. Also, be sure to take photos at the event and share them with us at meetup@personaldemocracy.com. Tweet using the hashtag #PdFmeetup. Thanks, and we hope to see you at the Meetup.

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