Helping to lead the charge was 30-year-old Ghonim, Google's regional marketing manager for the Middle East. So before, I think on 26 of December, AbdulRahman Mansour, the other admin, told me about that day and told me we should do something, it's very symbolic. This was to Ghonim a second version of revolution, ie Revolution 2. There followed 11 harrowing days blindfolded in solitary confinement, while the revolution started without him. We want to say that we are not happy with what the police is doing in this country. A final suspenseful chronicle of how government officials attempted to brainwash and dupe him after his release from prison will be eye-opening for anyone who wonders about the distorted mind-set of Egypt's leaders.
And on January 28th last year, he was arrested, interrogated and held blindfolded for 11 days, forcing him to miss some of the revolution he helped ignite. Ghonim joined Middle East and North Africa as its Regional Marketing Manager in 2008 based in Google Egypt. It was not on Facebook, it was not on Twitter. Made all of us, you know, because he's coming from middle class. It became one of the most popular Islamic destinations on the Internet.
On the 25th of January, they forced everyone out of the square. You organized a financial portal for the Middle East. So how did that affect what you are willing to tell them when they asked information about the organizing or about other organizers? She complained about the constant harassment from the secret police when she was trying to photograph the protests, and said it had become tedious to follow them day after day because the demonstrations against the longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak had, until that point, come to no more than small gatherings. So at the time, I thought, 'I have to do something. But of course, you know, as you might have noticed, I decided not to do that and I did not agree with the fact that you — we personalize the revolution.
I've seen on that day amazing Egyptians. Ghonim spent 12 of those heady days blindfolded in a cell, arrested on suspicion of espionage after dining with two American colleagues from Google. And only through democratic ways if we are not happy we can help, you know, work on changing this. Egyptians were saying, 'We are worse than Tunisia. He works for Google, shows little interest in history, and finds his revolutionary ideal in the masked avenger of the film V for Vendetta. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow at Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. And it was always, you know, the completely opposite way.
Ghonim was born in Cairo and grew up in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia. However, the book recounts such an impressive tale that it is difficult to keep this in mind, and it becomes too easy to overstate the influence of the Internet and social media as agents of change in the world. For the next week, Wahab and her small cadre of online associates became immersed in what seemed like a shadowy cyberthriller. In the past, 100 years ago, if you want to know the feedback of 10,000 people about a specific issue, you'll probably spend days, if not months, to get it done. It's basically the power of the people that made this revolution happen, not the power of Facebook or the power of Twitter or social media. In Egypt, businesses are open, university classes are back in session and a new military government rules with popular support and a promise of coming democracy. As he languished — unaware of the protests or what his fate would be — Google, his employer, started working behind the scenes to publicize his disappearance.
He believes that all slam poets are Jedis. So when he died I personally got deeply hurt. In December 2014, he announced his resignation from Google Ventures, in order to work at a start-up company. So it was very hard. I have never done that in my life and I will never do it because I, you know, I was brought up as a very patriotic Egyptian and this is not just going to happen. A final suspenseful chronicle of how government officials attempted to brainwash and dupe him after his release from prison will be eye-opening for anyone who wonders about the distorted mind-set of Egypt's leaders.
Awards Wael Ghonim topped Time magazine's yearly list of the world's 100 most influential people. Wael Ghonim Fourth Estate, £14. I decided to start fighting this regime. All of this didn't really work because people saw what was happening in Tahrir. On January 25, as the revolution began in earnest, Ghonim was captured and held for 12 days of brutal interrogation and when he emerged and gave a speech on national television, the protests grew even more intense. Now, one of the key figures behind the Egyptian uprising tells the riveting inside story of what happened and presents lessons for all of us on how to unleash the power of crowds.
Many bloggers like and campaigned in an attempt to identify his whereabouts. Ghonim wept when he saw the photograph. It's not surprising that Ghonim's commitment to the cause affected his relationship with his wife and children; it reminds one of our own historical revolutionaries - John and Abigail Adams come to mind - who required a certain obsessive determination that may seem irresponsible to those who live in a democracy. In fact, his first speech, which was given a few days before that speech, was these are thugs, these are people who want to destabilize the country, they are funded by those who want to destroy Tunisia and all of that kind of, you know, stuff that we are used to and we are used to here. The envelope contained user names, passwords, and instructions on maintaining the site. The decisive moment had come.
Heading to the United States in 2001 to donate the site to a Muslim charity, he met and married an American convert, and moved back after Sept. Someone emailed me saying urgent, I know who you are. However, he has since expressed disappointment over the Brothers' poor showing in the elections, and his writing has begun to focus increasingly on how to transform the Brotherhood into a more open movement and a more effective political party. They were using it excessively despite the fact that protesters were so peaceful. Ghonim was a man of the modern world. Smith: How important is his story in what happened here in the last three weeks? The anonymous persona was finally dead. Vladimir Lenin, a ruthless and daring intellect, studied the history and practice of revolution in the great libraries of London, Munich and Geneva.
If you don't understand how a Facebook page could instigate and support a nationwide revolution, Ghonim's story shows you how, step by step. Archived from on 9 September 2011. Wael joined Middle East and North Africa as their Regional Marketing Manager in 2008 based at Google Egypt. The book, released to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the protests that swept the country and Mubarak off his chair, is a brilliant, uninhibited and very convincing manifesto of the power of the Internet — and, more particularly, social media —to transform the world. He earned a in from in 2004 and an , with honors, in marketing and finance from the in 2007. It's about, you know, their passion, their persistence, their readiness to sacrifice.