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Social Media's Role in Recent Events in the Middle East

The Washington ICT4D Meetup is excited to announce our return from hiatus with a timely discussion on the role of technology in the recent events of the Middle East.

From Tunisia to Egypt to Bahrain to Libya - and with simmering unrest elsewhere - technology has played a role in augmenting and defining the narrative of protest and revolution. Please join us while we discuss the extent of the influence of ICTs, debunk the myths of a social media revolution, and talk about what happens next.

March ICT4D Meetup is co-hosted by Johns Hopkins University's Communication Program and Appropriate IT.

When: Monday March 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Where: Johns Hopkins University, 1717 Massachusettes Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Agenda
6:00 – 6:30 pm: Meet, Greet, and Network
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Panel Discussion

Panelists

  • Jeffrey Ghannam is a lawyer and veteran journalist specialized in media and development in the MENA region. He is the author of Social Media in the Arab World: Leading up to the Uprisings of 2011, a report from the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for International Media Assistance. He has spoken widely on the subject and recently contributed to The Washington Post on the role of social media in the revolutions, and to the Economist.com on social media's potential for democratic change in the region. 
  • Amira Maaty is a program officer on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team of the National Endowment for Democracy where she focuses on Egypt and Libya. Prior to joining the NED, she served as a senior program officer at IREX overseeing international training and education programs. She has also held positions at Internews Network coordinating journalism training programs in the MENA region.
  • Katherine Maher is a Program Officer for information and communication technology and civil society at the National Democratic Institute. Her work emphasizes communication in closed regimes, with a particular focus on the Middle East. She writes frequently on technology and development.

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) meetup is a learning network of and for practitioners to share knowledge, information, experiences, and projects in this field.

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  • Katherine V.

    Excellent topic and discussion. Thanks!

    March 22, 2011

  • Carolyn F.

    Great panel. It may have been good to have an introduction to the issues before delving into the discussion. I thought there was a good range of experience, both in the panelists and the audience. I liked that the audience members introduced themselves.

    March 22, 2011

  • Katherine M.

    Hi Paul - MENA means Middle East/North Africa, shorthand for the region. It's a good point - do you think that's too obscure for many people?

    March 21, 2011

  • Paul H.

    Sorry, I'm not sure what "mena" means (it's probably obvious and I just don't see it).

    March 21, 2011

  • Katherine M.

    Hi Paul - Great idea. What do you think about #ICT4Dmena?

    March 21, 2011

  • Paul H.

    Is there a hashtag chosen for this event (given the topic it makes sense) in case anyone wants to tweet about it before/during/after?

    March 21, 2011

  • chris m.

    One of the next issues of the Muhammad Yunus inspired Journal of Social Business which I publish is being sourced out of africa - any mutual case study interests? - you can download inaugural issue which we posted paper copy of to 3000 leaders chosen by yunus at eg http://worldeconomist.net

    March 21, 2011

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