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New on the Freedom Collection: Mahmoud Salem

July 20, 2012 by Lindsay Lloyd

Much has been written about the impact of new technologies on democracy movements that have swept the Arab world.  Now on the Freedom Collection, hear firsthand from one of the field’s pioneers about the influence of blogs and social media.  Mahmoud Salem, a young Egyptian, became one of his country’s best known and most influential bloggers and cyberactivists. Mahmoud turned to new technology out of frustration and anger towards the Mubarak government’s lack of action on problems like terrorism and sexual harassment. As the demonstrations began in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Mahmoud and other activists filled a key role in communicating the goals of Egypt’s democracy movement.  Mahmoud describes his motivation for joining the protests, saying, “You continue fighting this fight because you realize that, if the government has already done everything that they could to strike fear in you, then what else is there to do?” Watch the interview with Mahmoud Salem here. This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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