The role of social media in the aftermath of Egypt's revolution

Event Date: 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 2135
Rasha Abdulla
CITS Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, The American University in Cairo
Social media played an integral role in the months leading to Egypt's January 25 Revolution, as well as during the events of the 18 days which toppled Hosni Mubarak, its dictator of 30 years. In the aftermath of that revolution, what role can social media play now? This lecture gives a glimpse of the dynamics of social media in Egypt before, during, and after the revolution, and leads a discussion into how social media can push forward a cause during Egypt's sensitive transition to democracy.

Dr. Rasha A. Abdulla is Associate Professor (tenured) and Chair of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. She has a Ph.D. in Communication (December 2003) from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Her BA (’92) and MA (’96) in Journalism and Mass Communication are both from AUC. She is the proud recipient of several teaching and research awards, including most recently, the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award (2011). Dr. Abdulla's research interests include the uses and effects of mass media, new media, particularly the Internet, development communication and education through entertainment, freedom of expression, as well as music and music videos as communication media. Her doctoral dissertation was the first large scale formal academic study of the uses and gratifications of the Internet among Arab students in Egypt. She is the author of "The Internet in Egypt and the Arab World," published in Arabic by Afaq Publications in March 2005; "The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond" in March 2007 by Peter Lang, Inc; "Policing the Internet in the Arab World" in 2009 by the Emirates Center for Strategic Study and Research; and numerous other research articles and book chapters. In 2007, she received the Excellence in Research Award from the School of Business, Economics, and Communication at the American University in Cairo.