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Wael Ghonim to CNN: Egypt Was “Revolution 2.0″

Activist Wael Ghonim credits Facebook for starting the revolution that resulted in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

NetworkEffect by Liz Gannes: "Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive who was detained for his role in organizing the Egyptian uprising on Facebook, was jubilant today after longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally capitulated to 18 days of protests and stepped down.

“If you want to liberate a society, just give them the Internet,” Ghonim said in an interview with CNN.

Ghonim gives credit to the young Egyptians who organized themselves on Facebook, dating back to last June when activist Khaled Said was killed. He commented on how a video posted on Facebook (where he is administrator of a page commemorating Said) would be quickly shared by 50,000 people, calling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a personal hero.

Ghonim said he plans to write a book on the topic called 'Revolution 2.0.' ”


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Comment by elsewhere on April 17, 2011 at 10:14am

Wael Ghonim on Egypt's future - CNN's Wolf Blitzer speaks to Egyptian Google executive-turned-activist Wael Ghonim about Egypt's economy.  Highlight from Full Interview

 WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: Wael, let's talk about the economy in Egypt, because when I was there a few weeks ago, a lot of Egyptians said, you know what, six months from now, if we can't get jobs, this whole revolution, it could collapse, cause people want jobs, educated, young people like you.

WAEL GHONIM, BLOGGER/EGYPTIAN ACTIVIST: I agree with that, Wolf.  I think, I've said it also before, the real counterrevolution would happen if people start not being able to fulfill their basic needs.  Today, I see that the economy, you know, the economy situation is not going in the right direction, and there are definitely risks in investments in Egypt right now, but the world has to realize that this should not go wrong.  The Egyptian revolution should not go wrong.  It actually sends the wrong message to the dictators around the world.

There is a responsibility on every - on everyone in the international community, and I also, I think there is a responsibility to the people who loved the - you know, the spirit and the purity of what happened in Cairo.  You know, bringing tourism back to the country, basically helping getting the funds, you know, the fund that were stolen from the Egyptian people by the old regime freezed and then eventually brought back...

CNNs The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer


Comment by Yossi Nahmias on February 12, 2011 at 1:41am
The specific features of Web 2.0 attributed to the social media and its various derivatives such as news and content sites, social networks, blogs - pluralism, multivocality, chaotic and "rhizomatic" characteristics (as opposed to hierarchies) - all these undermine the stability of hegemonic values and symbols.

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