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Social Media in the Arab Spring

A conversation with Mariam Kirollos

On Human Rights Day, Egyptian democracy activist Mariam Kirollos visits Brussels to share her experience of the struggle for freedom and social justice during and after the dramatic weeks on Tahrir Square in January 2011. Social Media and the Arab Spring – A tool for liberation or oppression? Almost four years have passed since the Arab Spring outbreak. For better or worse? A conversation with democracy activist Mariam Kirollos on how social media shaped the Arab Spring, the development since Tahrir Square and what can we learn from it.  Conventional wisdom suggests that the Arab spring was a “social media revolution”. It is a very tempting view, by providing the people in authoritarian countries with internet access, mobile phones and social media platforms we liberate them. It is consumer activism in its most convenient form and it’s the pinnacle of techno-centrism: the technology is the force of change. But how widespread can a revolution driven by technology be in a country where less than 25% have internet access and illiteracy is widespread? Netopia is proud to present Egyptian Human rights activist Mariam Kirollos, for an eye-witness account of the dramatic weeks in Tahrir Square, the role of social media and how the situation in Egypt has developed since the Arab Spring. Listen to her dramatic story in an on-stage interview with Netopia editor Per Strömbäck. You may find that the role of social media in the Arab Spring is quite different from what you thought. Mariam Kirollos is an Egyptian-born, Cairo-based democracy-activist and academic. Studied at Cairo’s American school. Part of EU-student exchange program in 2010. Speaks Arabic, English, Swedish. Employed by Human Rights Watch in Cairo.Wednesday 10 December at 08.30 – 10.00          “Bistrot du Luxembourg”, Rue du Luxembourg 43, 1050 Brussels Seats are limited so please RSVP before Friday 5 December


10 Dec 2014 @ 08:30 am

10 Dec 2014 @ 10:00 am

Duration: 1 hours, 30 minutes


Bistrot du Luxembourg

Rue du Luxembourg 43




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