Wael Ghonim is an Internet activist and computer engineer, Google’s Middle East and North Africa Marketing Manager. As “ElShaheeed,” he started up an influential Facebook page that galvanized voices of protest in Egypt. In early 2011, he was detained by the Egyptian government for 11 days — when freed after international pressure, he revealed his identity, and became a leading fugure in the youth revolution that forced Hosni Mubarak from power.
However though, as he said, he is not the hero, but rather everyone of us. Everyone can participate in the Egyptian revolution thanks to the power of the internet. With his facebook page, people all over the world sent in pictures and ideas about the regime, things were exposed, the truth has been told. The people are now in the know, they are in control.
And this, is an amazing use of the internet! 😉
Wael Ghonim: Inside the Egyptian revolution