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Egypt has been called the center of Arab civilization, and today it is the red hot center of the Arab Spring. What happens there is influencing the entire region, and creating ripples even in places like Madison, Wisconsin. Below, links to features covering some of the seminal leaders and moments in Egypt's struggle to create a more democratic future.

Wael Ghonim: Why 'Engagism' is More Valuable Than Activism

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, February 20 2012

Wael Ghonim at Harvard Kennedy School, February 3, 2012. Photo by Martha Stewart.

Micah Sifry writes: "Ghonim's new book, "Revolution 2.0--The Power of the People Is Greater Than the People in Power: A Memoir," is a revelation ... It is both a careful and thoughtful retelling of the roots of Egypt's uprising and the nuts-and-bolts of Ghonim's online organizing as well as an inspiring illustration of a trend that will be familiar to many techPresident readers. That is, how a new generation that is growing up networked keeps spawning "free radicals"--people who teach themselves how to use technology to build community, share powerful messages and then ultimately weave movements for social change." Read More

Egypt's Ghonim Signs Book Deal for "Revolution 2.0"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, May 11 2011

Egyptian revolutionary Wael Ghonim has sold his upcoming book to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, reports the L.A. Times. From the publisher: "How Wael helped nurture a mass movement is one of the great stories of our ... Read More

Ghonim Leaving Google for #Egypt

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

Photo credit: International Monetary Fund Wael Ghonim, a central figure in the online-offline Egyptian uprising, tweets that he's taking an extended sabatical from Google to "start a technology focused NGO to help ... Read More

After Egypt: The "Democratic Republic of Facebook" Struggles to Grow Up [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 25 2011

A few days ago, Dr. Rasha Abdulla, an expert on the role of the Internet in Egypt who teaches at the American University in Cairo (and who I'm pleased will be speaking at Personal Democracy Forum this June in New York), ... Read More

Wael Ghonim, Egypt, and Viral Revolution

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 9 2011

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Why'd a Battle-Ready Mubarak Turn Egypt's Internet Back On?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 2 2011

Tahrir Square protests earlier today; image credit: Al Jazeera English. Read More

Egypt's Wired Activists Redefine Victory

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 30 2010

NPR's Deborah Amos has an intriguing look inside Egypt. The first wave of bloggers and online activists are often funneling their frustration -- an often oppressive government is still in power, despite the existence of ... Read More

The President’s Speech in Cairo: A New Beginning

BY | Thursday, June 4 2009

Here's the full video of President Obama's speech in Cairo this morning: Shortly after the event, Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod sent an email from Cairo encourage Americans to watch the President's ... Read More

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#FlashHacks: Crowdscraping Corporate Data to Understand "The Man"

You probably work for “The Man.” If not you, then someone close to you does, and even if you have no friends or family, your government is almost certainly doing business with him. Wouldn't it be nice to know a bit more about the so-called “Man”? Thanks to the massive open data project OpenCorporates, you now can, and they are intensifying their data opening efforts with #FlashHacks, a crowdscraping campaign launched today. The campaign goal is to release 10 million data points on the companies you work for, work with, buy from, sell to, and deal with in tangible and intangible ways every day, and all in just 10 days.

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New York City Payphone WiFi Project Presents Opportunities and Challenges

While some technologists who have experience in the space share the concerns of some New York City Council members and current payphone franchisees that the city's decision to award the project to only one franchisee or one joint venture could hurt the project, the city and one of the companies preparing a response to the Request for Proposals see the approach as the best way to ensure a standard experience, competition and innovation. From both perspectives, the project illustrates how the vision for more accessible WiFi in New York is tied to the potential for innovation within the established procurement system. GO

That's So Meta: To Test Digital Democracy, Crowdsourcing Comments on Digital Democracy

For more than a month now, Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, the global Wikimedia community site, has hosted a little experiment in digital democracy. Carl Miller, co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos-UK, and Wikimedia UK's Stevie Benton wanted to see whether the mechanisms that govern Wikipedia could be applied to political policy. The opportunity to do so arose when the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow announced the Commission on Digital Democracy, an investigation into how digital technology can be used to improve democratic processes, and solicited comments from the public.

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