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Copy of Arab Millenials: Technology & Transformation Beyond the Arab Spring
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Beyond the Arab Spring
A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind
An image, video, etc that is passed electronically from one internet user to another.
Makers of the Meme
#SidiBouzid - #Jan25 - #Tahrir - #Feb14 - #Bahrain - #lulu - #Feb17 #Libya - #Feb20 - #Syria - #Daraa
Ali Abdulemam creates Bahrain Online, mobilizing protests and
opposition to the ruling monarchy.
Launch of online magazine TUNeZINE, later shut down by censors
Ahmed Omran launches the Saudi Jeans blog
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
(cc) images by Mostafa Sheshtawy on Flickr
(cc) images by Mosa'aberising on Flickr
American John Barger coined the term ‘weblog,’ later shortened to ‘blog’
Global Voices created, bridging English and Arabic language bloggers
Global Voices created as a blogger community, bridging English and Arabic language activists
Noha Attef starts the ‘Torture in Egypt’ blog documentingpolice brutality, spawning efforts like Piggipedia, a Flikr accountdocumenting abuse by State Security.
Facebook opens to the world.
YouTube purchased by Google for $1.6 billion
July :: Moroccan citizenjournalist ‘Targuist Sniper’ files YouTube videos capturing policebribery
December :: Fouad al Farhan ‘the dean of Saudi bloggers,’ isarrested in Jeddah. 2008 First Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunisia
Facebook passes 50 million users
Arab web hits 35,000 active blogs
Blogger Asser Yasser is sexually harassed in her Cairo neighborhood, sparking an online firestorm of around women’s rights
Arrest of Syrian blogger Tal al Mallohi
Second Arab Bloggers Conference
#IranElection fuses journalism and Twitter, State Dept asks Twitter to stay open to facilitate the digital flow of information around events in Iran
June :: Death of Khaled Said galvanizes Egypt, online and in the streets
September :: Blogger Wael Khalil catches a doctored photo ofMubarak, switching places with Obama in a lineup of world leaders
Millennials lead a series of revolutions across the Arab world,using social media to organize and publicize protests.
Third Arab Bloggers Conference in Tunisia
Facebook passes 650 million users
engaged, empowered by -isms, ideological
high that ended in jaded, cynical apathy
in the Arab World
confident, collaborative, optimistic, hyper-connected,
digital natives, deeply frustrated, and they challenge everything
Returning University Graduates
Offline Civic Engagement
Meet the Millenials
savvy, entrepreneurial loners
in the US
confident, collaborative, optimistic, politically progressive, hyper-connected, digital natives, tolerant, but they challenge everything
Tech Culture: The New American Soft Power
The Millenial Political Play
Mainstream Millenial Culture
Will Jordan look more like
the internet in 20 years?
It already does.
The culture has already changed.
…that Looks More Like the Internet
Millenials are Building a Society…
• One Million ID Cards Campaign
• Cinema Tahrir
Millenials = Mindset Shift
Although we live in a country whose oil incomes rank highest in the world, prices are soaring, unemployment among the youth is high, and even those who find jobs are barely able to make ends meet. It is my right to live a dignified life and enjoy the blessings of freedom. Until that moment arrives,
I shall continue to share at least some of my thoughts with the world. Hell, the prince sure isn’t listening.
- Saudi Essay, Arab Spring Dreams
Arab blogging proliferates, with an estimated 25,000 active sites
May :: Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el Fattah is arrested, spurring the #FreeAlaa campaign
#IranElection fuses journalism and Twitter Saudi Arabia is shaken online and off by Jeddah Floods, shaking governance
December :: Arab Spring launches with the death of TunisianMohammed Bouazizi, rising on Twitter as #sidibouzid
Web Forums/ Arab Digital Discourse
State of no choice
State of free choice
The Arab Digital Vanguard:
the Millennial Mindset?
First Round Revolutionaries
conformist, passive, pessimistic,
marked by ‘learned helplessness’
(up to 1946)
events of the day + impact of peers
common Millennial culture
Arab Web puts the Global Web
Consider the Question:
So what happens next?
A New Wave of Voices