Growing Global Movements: Technology and the New Arab Identity

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

Over the last few months, the Arab world has once again resurfaced as a topic on the world's mind and at the forefront of media. This time however, not in relation to terrorism, but revolution; not violence, but democracy. A new arab identity is emerging... an arab that is literate, socially engaged, politically active, modern, moderate and digitally savvy.

What is behind this new identity? How has the way arabs perceive themselves affected the way the world defines an arab and vice versa? What role has technology such as the web and social media played in this shift? How much can be attributed to deliberate efforts from within the arab world to redefine its identity through active movements in entrepreneurship, creative expression and science/technology literacy.

This core conversation is timely with unresolved crises in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain etc., but also Iran and Libya. Join us for a discussion led by developer and co-founder of Aiki Lab Cultural Center in Damascus, Jon Philips and Lebanese interactive artist and CC fellow Ayah Bdeir, accompanied by various invited arab entrepreneurs, artists, designers and cultural leaders.

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Ayah Bdeir

Thoughts abt art, tech & incredible intersections within. Fellow @CreativeCommons, founder @littleBits, founder @karajBeirut, alum @eyebeamnyc, MS @medialab. bio from Twitter

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Jon Phillips

@fabricatorz @sharism @aikiframework @qihardware in Beijing! Email me jon@fabricatorz.com if you want to reach me bio from Twitter

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4 attendees

  • ayah bdeir
  • Paulien Dresscher
  • Peter Bihr
  • Jon Phillips

7 trackers

  • Antonio Kaplan
  • Jessica Clark
  • Kaitlin Thaney
  • Michael Koukoullis
  • Greg Cooksey
  • liangcw
  • Danny O'B

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

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