This cartoon is by the very talented Egyptian (female) political cartoonist Doaa Eladl. Egyptian women are organizing to call attention to sexual harassment which they say is reaching epidemic proportions.


An infographic depicting the percentage share of formal firms that are owned by women in Africa. Data from the World Bank.


HarassMap, a social networking site launched in November 2010 by a group of concerned and savvy women in Egypt, allows women to report sexual harassment—from catcalls to stalking—via SMS and Twitter. At the moment there is no law against sexual harassment in Egypt.

Ushahidi at work. 

Faces of the Facebook Revolution

As Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule drew to an end last month, attention turned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the home base for thousands of young revolutionaries. Photographer Micah Garen (PopTech 2006) was there, on the ground with the wounded yet unwavering protesters. The portraits that follow attest to their sacrifice and their resilience.

(via Vanity Fair)

Interactive timeline of Middle East protests

Ever since a man in Tunisia burnt himself to death in December 2010 in protest at his treatment by police, pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Arab world.

Al Jazeera English Plans Show Centered on Social Networking

As the Arab world reels with revolutions fomented in part online, Al Jazeera English is planning a new talk show that has social networking at its heart.

It’s just lucky timing, says Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, the voluble young producer and co-host of the show, called “The Stream,” which is scheduled to appear on the English language version of Al Jazeera starting in May. The video above is a teaser for the show, which has been in the works since late last year. But as Africa and the Middle East see revolutions organized in part via Facebook (and dating sites) and publicized via Twitter and YouTube, the concept looks prescient.

The core idea of The Stream is that it’s not scripted in the ordinary way. Rather than give the hosts a script, typed rundown, or teleprompter cues, the producers will make extensive use of tweets, Facebook wall posts, and YouTube videos from their most engaged viewers and the web at large.

That’s not to say it will be crowdsourced — producers are still making decisions about what topics to cover — but it will be deeply informed by an ongoing conversation with its viewers online.

Egyptian orders pizza for Wisconsin protesters

Someone in Egypt has been paying attention to what’s happening in Madison and wanted to send a message of solidarity from across the globe — so they ordered a pizza.

They fused their secular expertise in social networks with a discipline culled from religious movements and combined the energy of soccer fans with the sophistication of surgeons. Breaking free from older veterans of the Arab political opposition, they relied on tactics of nonviolent resistance channeled from an American scholar through a Serbian youth brigade — but also on marketing tactics borrowed from Silicon Valley.


View of Tahrir Square from space, captured at 11:18AM local time, courtesy DigitalGlobeThe latest from ABC News here.


Today is proof that change is possible, that big dreams matter, and that people power lives strong.