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Cyberdissidence in the Middle East

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  • UserMehri Honarbin-Holliday (Canterbury Christchurch University), Masih Alinejad (Iranian blogger and activist), Miriyam Aouragh (University of Oxford), Anne Alexander (University of Cambridge)
  • ClockThursday 21 October 2010, 19:00-21:00
  • HouseCRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge.

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Cyberdissidence in the Middle East

Thursday, 21 October 2010

19:00 – 21:00

Location: CRASSH , 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

The use of digital and online technologies by dissidents across the Middle East to articulate views excluded by government controlled-media, and to mobilise protests against repressive states has gathered pace in recent years. Western media and governments have celebrated the power of social media as a means to advance democracy by opening space for political debate and connecting activists.

Our panellists will look critically at this assumption, drawing on the experiences of Palestinian, Iranian and Egyptian digital activism.

This is a Cambridge Festival of Ideas event, open to all, free of charge. Questions and debate on the issues raised will be encouraged. If you would like to attend, please email Ankita Sahay ( to register.


Mehri Honarbin-Holliday (Canterbury Christchurch University and author of Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society)

Masih Alinejad (Iranian blogger and activist)

Miriyam Aouragh (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) Podcast/Skype presentation

Anne Alexander (CRASSH, University of Cambridge)

This talk is part of the CRASSH-Festival of Ideas series.

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