Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Wael Ghonim, Entrepreneurship Fellow, Fall 2017
Jake Rashbass, Knox Fellow and Master in Public Policy student
“The Internet is the largest experimentation involving anarchy in history. […] Never before in history have so many people from so many places had so much power at their fingertips. And while this is hardly the first technology revolution in our history, it is the first that will make it possible for almost everybody to own, develop and disseminate real-time content without having to rely on intermediaries.” ~ Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen¹
“We’re very different…
Five years ago, my tears fell as the plane took off. For the first time in my life, I was desperate to leave Egypt, despite not knowing when I would be able to return. A few days prior, a military coup had toppled our two-year-old failed attempt to transition to democracy.
I had lived most of my life as an outsider. I never belonged to a majority. As a child, I was the Egyptian kid growing up in Saudi Arabia, and when I moved to Egypt at the age of 13, I became “the kid who came back from Saudi.”…
A curious Egyptian