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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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Responding to Ferguson, Activists Organize #NMOS14 Vigils Across America In Just 4 Days

This evening peaceful crowds will gather at more than 90 locations around the country to honor the victims of police brutality, most recently the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday. A moment of silence will begin at 20 minutes past 7 p.m. (EST). The vigils are being organized almost entirely online by the writer and activist Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones), with help from others from around the country who have volunteered to coordinate a vigil in their communities. Organizing such a large event in only a few days is a challenge, but in addition to ironing out basic logistics, the National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) organizers have had to deal with co-optation, misrepresentation, and Google Docs and Facebook pages that are, apparently, buckling under traffic.

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