“I Work for the Best Company In the World”, Says Leader of Egypt’s Revolution 2.0

Feb 10

I just ran this in a daily news service I do each morning for the insurance industry… and I thought I would share it here as well.

The power of the Internet and what it can inspire and create cannot be underestimated or understated. Last night, I watched an interview on CNN with Wael Ghonim, head of marketing for Google in the Middle East and North America, who explained tearfully that he and his friends planned the revolution now in its third week via the Internet to help mobilize the first protest against the regime in Egypt that took place on January 25th.

“If you want to free a society, give them Internet access,” said Ghonim. “This is an Internet Revolution. I’ll call it Revolution 2.0.”

He went on to say that the Muslim Brotherhood was not involved in the protest in anyway, and talked about how he was a target of the government when he was arrested. Ghonim also said he was ready to die to get “his country back.”

“I have a lot to lose in this life…I work for the best company in the world….I love my wife, my kids. But I’m ready to lose my life…you’re not going to stop us until we’re get our country back.”

In fact the news is reporting today that President Hosni Mubarak is expected to announce his resignation this evening.

I say this is technology at its finest hour. Imagine the possibilities…

Wael Ghonim, Egypt on YouTube

5 comments

  1. I saw his interview last night and it was truly inspirtaional. Big news out of Egypt today. Stay tuned.

  2. Ronald Williams /

    The power of the Internet! An amazing story, and to think, the leader of Egypt may resign over a furor that all the world can see, thanks in large part to the efforts of one man and his friends.

    That he was able to use the internet to enable the entire planet to get a first hand look at the issues facing the nation of Egypt demonstrates what a force the world wide web has become in all of our lives…

  3. Denise Betts /

    When I was my children’s age (9 and 6), the world was a much bigger, slower place — no cell phones, no fax machines, no computers, and definitely no Internet. Cars still had 8-track in them. Yesterday I read that 2010 marked the last production year in which a major automaker (Lexus, in this case) offered a cassette player as either stock or optional equipment. Now, the world seems to spin much faster, and the Internet — which I once used only to clunkily send email via a dialup modem today is playing a central role in a revolution to displace a longstanding Egyptian regime. At the same time, other news stories are reporting how a teenage girl committed suicide, driven by vicious taunts and bullying that were delivered via cyberspace. It’s very clear that the Internet has amazing, awesome power…and it’s up to all of us to decide whether to use it to help or harm others.

  4. Annie George /

    Egyptians in Tahrir Square not happy about Mubarak’s decision not to step down until September, yelling “Get Out”. What will follow?

  5. Kim McGraw /

    The internet has connected the world in ways we couldn’t have imagined as young adults.

    We now have the responsibility to use that power to help rather than harm. I agree with Denise.

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