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Copy of Arab Millenials: Technology & Transformation Beyond the Arab Spring

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Lara Setrakian

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Transcript of Copy of Arab Millenials: Technology & Transformation Beyond the Arab Spring

Technology & Transformation
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
to another.

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
Arab Web
Global Web
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’
MySpace created
Facebook created
Global Voices created, bridging English and Arabic language bloggers
YouTube created

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.

Twitter created

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
What Made
engaged, empowered by -isms, ideological
high that ended in jaded, cynical apathy
Generational Personalities
in the Arab World
confident, collaborative, optimistic, hyper-connected,
digital natives, deeply frustrated, and they challenge everything
Satellite TV
Returning University Graduates
Global Web/
Content Contact
Offline Civic Engagement
Meet the Millenials
Ramy Raoof
Areeja Khan
conformist, civic-minded

rebellious, anti-establishment

savvy, entrepreneurial loners
Generational Personalities
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
Third Pot
Third Pot
Third Pot
Mainstream Millenial Culture
Tech Culture
Political 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
• Masrana
Apathy, fatalism
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
Engagement, ownership
The Arab Digital Vanguard:
the Millennial Mindset?
Silent Generation
Baby Boomers
Gen X
First Round Revolutionaries
conformist, passive, pessimistic,
marked by ‘learned helplessness’
Silent Generation
(up to 1946)
events of the day + impact of peers
common Millennial culture
Arab Web puts the Global Web
to Work

First Arab
in Tunisia
Jacob Appelbaum
Ethan Zuckerman
Consider the Question:
Wael Attili
Thank You
Lara Setrakian
Yoli Ouiya
Balázs Turai
Written by
Designed by
Edited by
So what happens next?
Protest Fatigue
Political Polarization
A New Wave of Voices
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