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In 2010, Internet activist Wael Ghonim set up a Facebook page that sparked the Egyptian revolution. Yet the euphoria demonstrators felt after they forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office was short lived. Almost immediately, social networks became hate havens, toxic environments that forced polarization. Nevertheless, Ghonim still believes in the potential of the Internet as a safe place for productive debate. getAbstract highly recommends this thought-provoking talk from a veteran of the social media front lines.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How social media enabled the Egyptian revolution;
  • How social media magnify hate speech, misinformation and rumor; and
  • How Internet designers can transform social media into hosts for productive debate.

About the Speaker

Internet activist Wael Ghonim co-founded Parlio, a media platform for public conversations that rewards civility.



In the early 2000s, many Arabs swarmed to the Internet to connect with the world and, later, to discuss political change. In June 2010, Egyptian police murdered a young man named...

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