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Al-Ahram ICT Magazine Ceremony

Minister of ICT Eng. Yasser Elkady attended the special ceremony of Al Ahram ICT Magazine to honor ICT professionals, writers and innovators. Dr Mohamed El Guindy the presenter of Tech Talk TV show and writer in Al Ahram ICT Magazine was honored by the Minister of ICT during the ceremony.

This Day in History…25th Jan – 11 February 2011

After 18 days of tumultuous protests and stubborn refusals to leave a position he’s held for 30 years, Mubarak gave up power today, handing his authority to supreme council of armed forces.

It is not really a technical moment; it is all about emotions, success, dignity, and courage of Egyptian people who made this great moment.

Before anything, we must stand for the soul of MARTYRS who carried out this revolution.

In the roles of technology in this great moment, I will just quote few words from President Barak Obama in his speech to Egyptian People “Their creativity, talent and technology to call for a government that represented their hopes and not their fears.”

This is a historical moment that no words can express the feelings.

Egypt Reborn…Long live Egyptian people

Glory to the martyrs!

The Internet, The End of Dictatorship!

Since the invention of the Internet, it shaped our life, our society, and our way of thinking.
Countries around the world implement the Internet according to their needs. Developed countries such as Europe and North America, implemented the Internet for the advancement of humanity, freedom of speech, freedom of information, and improving society. It is logical that there are businesses which benefit from the Internet and ICT applications. We can find huge companies and projects only depending on the Internet.

According to above factors, the Internet shaped the society and created different levels of ICT readiness and information societies.

In the dark side of the Internet which is in the Middle East, they don’t think of ICT applications and the Internet from society’s point of view. Governments in the region are looking for other factors:

–          Monopoly and stakeholders

–          Fundraising and pure profit

–           Spreading false information or even blocking the truth

–          Crackdown on cyber activists, bloggers, and journalists who criticize the governments etc.

From above points, we can find huge gaps between society, people, culture, governments, and policymakers.

Governments are using the same offline methods and tactics from dark ages and trying to apply it online. But people understand how to deal with advanced technology to bypass their governments.

By browsing the topics on my blog, you can understand how dictators and autocrats are dealing with the Internet. They think of the Internet as an Information weapon. It might be shut down when they need and according to their ideology- The same tactics of dark ages- If you can’t deal with it, kill it!

Governments in the Middle East are facing lots of troubles with their people especially youth. If they don’t understand how their people are thinking, their people will understand how to remove them.

They are connected, they are affected, they are dreaming, they are traveling around the world with simple clicks, they are creating friendships, relations, and they finally find their virtual reality. But living in this digital world makes it very easy to live it as a reality!

Social networking websites, blogs, video sharing, and mobile technology are the new tools of revolts.

Dictators started to realize the situation at point of no return. Egyptian government created lots of Facebook groups to stop the revolution or even recruiting supporters but it didn’t work. The Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir has called on his supporters to use Facebook in order to overcome groups that are opposed to his rule. Will that work? I doubt!

Egyptians give new meaning for Internet revolution. This is simply when the Internet changes politics and shapes societies.

 

Long Live Egyptian People!