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Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf

PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Walid Al-Saqaf
Senior Lecturer
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Phone: +46 8 608 5197
ME 319 Moas Båge

With a B.Sc. in computer engineering and a PhD in media and communications, Walid Al-Saqaf has been involved in interdiscplinery academic research combining technology, media and journalism aspects.

Before moving to Södertörn University, Al-Saqaf was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Media and Communiations of Stockholm University where he was part of the MeCoDEM project. For MeCoDEM, Al-Saqaf developed Mecodify as an open-source web service application to extract, analyse and aggregate, and visualise Twitter data using multiple APIs. Mecodify has been used by researchers, journalists among others to extract, analyze and visualize Twitter data and was showcased as one of the resources available to journalists and scholars on the Data Driven Journalism project of the European Journalism Centre. Al-Saqaf also dealt with and taught in areas related to media technology in different capacities such as web design, data analysis and database journalism.

During 2010-2014, Al-Saqaf built a strong teaching and research portfolio through his work as a lecture and academic director of the Master of Global Journalism programme at Örebro University, where he pursued his M.A. and PhD studies. As part of his doctoral dissertation, Al-Saqaf studied Internet censorship and censorship circumvention technology globally and during the Arab Spring. He had been involved in research as well as activism to combat Internet censorship mainly through Alkasir, which is a solution he created to map and circumvention web censorship. The tool was widely used during the Arab Spring to map and circumvent website censorship around the world. 

Before pursuing his higher studies, Al-Saqaf worked as a journalist for over eight years during which he also had a role as a senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal Washington, DC bureau, where I spent six months and wrote several stories.

Beyond research, Al-Saqafs interests focus on non-commercial use of ICTs and its impact on democracy and promotion of development. As a member of the global technical community, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC) and is Vice President of the ISOC Blockchain Special Interest Group.

Below is further information about Al-Saqafs work and background.

Areas of expertise:

  • Research and teaching in digital journalism with a focus on data mining, analysis and visualization
  • SPSS usage for statistical analysis and coding in R language (for data analysis queries)
  • Research and teaching in online investigative journalism, journalism and new media technologies
  • Software development and research in big data analysis, data-driven research, data mining, social media analysis, data visualization, network analysis and web applications
  • Promotion of open Internet access through research and software development
  • Research and promotion of web access conditions through APC and the Web Foundation
  • Directing projects related to media, technology, civil society and human rights
  • Developing and using digital tools for dynamic and deep web data extraction, data mining, sorting and storing, API and plug-in development.
  • Information communication technology, software development using several languages (PHP, Python, R, C, C++, C#, MS Visual Studio, Java, Perl, CSS, HTML, CMS, Web design, Linux server management, etc.)

Memberships & recognitions:

  • Internet Society (ISOC) Trustee
  • Member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) 
  • Chair of the Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Middle East and Adjoining Countries Strategy Working Group (MEAC-SWG)
  • Advisory Board Member of the Internet Legislation Atlas by (IGMENA)
  • Co-founder of Tech4D Sweden E.F., an initiative supporting high-tech for development (http://tech4d.org)
  • Jury member of the 2015 MITEF Startup Competition Awards
  • ICANN Fellowship recipient (2012-2013)
  • Curator of the Sanaa Hub (of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum) (2013)
  • An alumnus of the DiploFoundation courses on Internet Governance (2012) and Cyber Security (2013)
  • TED Fellowship recipient (2010) & TED Senior Fellowship recipient (2012)
  • TEDxSanaa Curator & licensee (2012-2013)
  • Member of Cyber Stewards Network of the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto (2012-2014)
  • Member of the Arab Multistakeholder Advisory Group of the Arab Internet Governance Forum (2012-2013)
  • Recipient of the Democracy Award of Örebro University (2010)
  • Jury member of the UNESCO Press Freedom Award (2006-2008)
  • Consultant with the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) (2005-2006)
  • Recipient of the Daniel Pearl Press Fellowship Award (2005)
  • Recipient of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship Award (2005)
  • An Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar in Austria (2002)
  • Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (1999)

Articles/publications:

  • Al-Saqaf, W., & Seidler, N. (2017). Blockchain technology for social impact: opportunities and challenges ahead. Journal of Cyber Policy, 1-17. Chicago: Routledge
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2016) “The Internet is Weakening Authoritarian States’ Information Control. Syria as a case study” in Ulla Carlsson (ed.). Freedom of Expression and Media in Transition: Studies and Reflections in the Digital Age. Gothenburg: NORDICOM (2016)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2016) Why an Open Internet Matters. Internet Society’s Public Policy Blog.30 March 2016. Available at: https://www.internetsociety.org/blog/public-policy/2016/03/why-open-internet-matters 
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2016) Internet Censorship Circumvention Tools: Escaping the Control of the Syrian Regime. Media and Communication, 4(1), 39-50. Available at: http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/mediaandcommunication/article/download/357/357 
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2014) Yemen: a country in transition with its share of cyber challenges, Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communication surveillance in the digital age, 276-279.
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2014) Breaking Digital Firewalls. Analyzing Internet Censorship and Circumvention in the Arab World. Örebro Studies in Media and Communication 14. Örebro: Örebro University. Available at: http://oru.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:710477
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2013) The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen, Global Voices Online, November 25, 2013 [WWW] https://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/11/25/the-internet-catalyst-for-change-development-ict4d-transparency-in-yemen/, Last accessed September 21, 2013
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2013) Only dialogue can facilitate a truly open web, Gulf News, September 16, 2013 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/business/opinion/only-dialogue-can-facilitate-a-truly-open-web-1.1231676, Last accessed September 21, 2013
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2013) Can Yemen Transition Model Survive, Gulf News, August 18, 2013 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/can-yemen-transition-model-survive-1.1221764 , Last accessed September 5, 2013
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012), "Circumventing Internet Censorship in the Arab World" in Diamond, Larry; & Plattner, Marc (eds.) Liberation technology: Social media and the struggle for democracy Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 124-138.
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012) Censory overload: How a reluctant journalist used his software skills to aid the Arab Spring. Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2012)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012) Open data vital for a new Yemen: How open governments can build on the Arab Spring to deliver true freedom, The Guardian, April 13, 2012 [WWW] http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2012/apr/13/open-data-vital-for-yemen Last accessed on April 20, 2012
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) "Internet censorship and the lost cause of online political freedom" Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice, University of Oslo, Norway.
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) "Political website censorship: a predominantly Arab phenomenon" Paper presented in Arabic language at the Internet and Freedom of Expression in the Arab World, ANHRI, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) No hope of foreign help, Gulf News, September 24, 2011 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/no-hope-of-foreign-help-1.873848 Last accessed on Jan 5, 2012
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2010) “Internet censorship challenged: How circumvention technologies can effectively outwit government attempts to filter content. Alkasir: a case study” SPIDER ICT4D Series 2010:3 pp. 71-93
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2010) Aid Missions Gone Astray - Reporters Notebook: Yemen, Global Integrity Report, 2010 [WWW] http://www.globalintegrity.org/report/Yemen/2010/notebook Last accessed 21, Jan 2012
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2010) Yemen: Al Qaida isnt the only problem, Gulf News, January 2, 2010 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/yemen-al-qaida-isn-t-the-only-problem-1.560810 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) “Internet: A Challenge to Arab Regimes Control of Information” in Kierulf, Anine; Ronning, Helge, Freedom of Speech Abridged, Gothenburg: NORDICOM (2009)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) Yemen must find a solution, Gulf News, September 24, 2009 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/yemen-must-find-a-solution-1.540640 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) There is no easy way out for Yemen, Gulf News, June 6, 2009 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/there-is-no-easy-way-out-for-yemen-1.2419 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2008) Empowering Citizens through the Web in Rudebeck, Lars; Hellstrom, Johan; Melin, Mia (Eds.), Big Brother and Empowered Sisters: The Role of New Communication Technologies in Democratic Processes, Uppsala: Collegium for Development Studies (2008)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2008) Reporters Notebook: Yemen, Global Integrity Report, 2008 [WWW] http://report.globalintegrity.org/Yemen/2008/notebook Last accessed on 21, Jan 2012)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2008) The Impact, Role, and Ideology of Yemeni News Websites. Master dissertation, Örebro, Sweden: Örebro University (2008)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Media Sustainability Index - Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE Chapters, Washington, DC: IREX
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Whats the good news in Iraq?, Gulf News, November 30, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/what-s-the-good-news-in-iraq-1.214549 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) GCC needs a defense shield, Gulf News, November 20, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/gcc-needs-a-defence-shield-1.213140 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Sinking with the dollar, Gulf News, November 9, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/sinking-with-the-dollar-1.211868 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Triumph for Saudi-UK diplomacy, Gulf News, November 2, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/triumph-for-saudi-uk-diplomacy-1.210800 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) New vote, same council, Gulf News, October 25, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/new-vote-same-council-1.207879 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) A failed Yemen is bad for GCC, Gulf News, October 6, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/a-failed-yemen-is-bad-for-gcc-1.205489 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) How to stop illegal aliens, Gulf News, November 28, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/how-to-stop-illegal-aliens-1.202574 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Handicap of GCC Internet sector, Gulf News, September 18, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/handicap-of-gcc-internet-sector-1.201269 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2006) Reporters Notebook: Yemen, Global Integrity Report, 2006 [WWW] http://back.globalintegrity.org/reports/2006/yemen/notebook.cfm Last accessed on 21, Jan 2012)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2006) Media Sustainability Index - Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Chapters, Washington, DC: IREX
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Mideast Free-Trade Plan Inches Forward Fighting Resistance, The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Yemeni female scholar achieves excellence in the U.S. , The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Muslim Activist Wages Gender Jihad, The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) World Bank Aims For Big Impact In Small Projects, The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Newsweek Has Arabic Edition Challenge, The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Bush Team Launches New Hawala Crackdown, The Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Global Growth to Slow Amid High Oil Prices, The Wall Street Journal, Apr 13, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Global Growth to Slow Amid High Oil Prices, The Wall Street Journal, Apr 13, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid & Herrick, Thaddeus (2005) Gasoline Prices Are Forecast To Keep Rising, The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf had also written over 500 articles for Yemen Times during (1999-2005)

Main conference and event contributions:

  • Tunis, Tunisia (25-26 August, 2017): Presented work on social media analysis to the Tunisian High Independent Authority of the Audiovisual Commission.
  • Geneva, Switzerland (15 June, 2017): Spoke as a panelist at the WSIS 2017 session organized by UNESCO on Strengthening Privacy, Encryption and Source Protection for Media Freedom.
  • Tallinn, Estonia (6 June, 2017): Organized a session on Blockchain Technology and IG at EuroDIG 2017.
  • Nairobi, Kenya (28 May-4 June, 2017): Spoke at the Africa Internet Summit 2017 and ISOC Board Meeting.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (15-18 May 2017): Spoke at the 2017 Stockholm Internet Forum on social media analytics for advocates with a demo of Mecodify and did an analysis for #SIF17 tweets.
  • Alexandria, Egypt (24-28 Apr 2017): Spoke at the 2017 Alexandria Media Forum on data analytics for journalists and media researchers.
  • Muscat, Oman (19-21 Apr 2017): Participated in ISOCs Middle East Regional Chapters Meeting and the Middle East Network Operator Group (MENOG 2017) event.
  • Vancouver, Canada (4 Apr 2017): Spoke as ISOCs Subject Matter Expert (SME) on blockchain technology at the IEEE Blockchain Summit.
  • Brussels, Belgium (29-31 Mar 2017): Spoke on multiple panels at the RightsCon 2017 event with a focus on encryption and data access and analytics and organized a demo on using Mecodify.
  • Valencia, Spain (6-10 Mar 2017): Organized a panel at the Internet Freedom Festival 2016 on potential solutions to address Internet shutdowns.
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (5-9 Dec 2016): Participated on several panels at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
  • Brussels, Belgium (16-18 Nov 2016): Organised and presented at the MeCoDEM WP7 workshop, mainly aiming to officially launch Mecodify.
  • Hyderabad, India (4-11 Nov 2016): Involved in ICANN57 & the ISOC Board meeting
  • The Hague, Netherlands (23-26 Oct 2016): Attended IGMENA consultancy meeting
  • Tunis, Tunisia (30 Sep-2 Oct 2016): Participated on panels at the IGMENA Summit
  • Stockholm, Sweden (4-5 Oct 2016): Gave a lecture and seminar on press freedom, journalism and democracy to master students at Södertörns University
  • Leeds, UK (4-6 Sep 2016): Presented Mecodify at a MeCoDEM workshop hosted by the University of Leeds
  • Helsinki, Finland (21 Sep 2016): Participated in ISOC’s InterCommunity 2016
  • Tunis, Tunisia (30 Sep-2 Oct 2016): Participated on panels at the IGMENA Summit
  • Stockholm, Sweden (4-5 Oct 2016): Gave a lecture and seminar on press freedom, journalism and democracy to master students at Södertörns University
  • The Hague, Netherlands (23-26 Oct 2016): Attended IGMENA consultancy meeting
  • Hyderabad, India (4-11 Nov 2016): Involved in ICANN57 & the ISOC Board meeting
  • Brussels, Belgium (16-18 Nov 2016): Organised and presented at the MeCoDEM WP7 workshop, mainly aiming to officially launch Mecodify.
  • Guadalajara, Mexico (5-9 Dec 2016): Participated on several panels at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (11-14 Dec 2016): Participating and presenting Mecodify at the final meeting of the MeCoDEM project.
  • The Hague, Netherlands (9-11 Aug 2016): Attending an Internet ATLAS Meeting at Hivos
  • Leeds, UK (11-13 Jul 2016): Attending a MeCoDEM Academic Meeting at the University of Leeds
  • Cancun, Mexico (17-23 Jun 2016): Participated at the ISOC Annual General Meeting and OECD 2016
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (26-28 May 2016): Speaker at the POINT 2015 Conference 
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (9-10 Apr 2016): Internet Society Board of Trustees Meeting.
  • San Francisco, CA (29 Mar-1 Apr 2016): Speaker at the RightsCon 2016 Silicon Valley conference.
  • Bergen, Norway (8 Mar 2016): Participated in a consultation meeting as an advisory board member in a research project on media polarization in the Arab world by CMI Research Institute in Bergen
  • Amman, Jordan (24-25 Feb 2016): Participated in a UNESCO experts meeting on Yemeni media.
  • Cairo, Egypt (22-23 Feb 2016): Moderated a session on Data-Driven Innovations in the Middle East and North Africa in an event organized by IDRC, hosted by Cairo University
  • Stockholm, Sweden (17-18 Feb 2016): Co-organized a workshop at the Nordic ICT4D Fair by SPIDER to present a Twitter data analysis and visualization platform created for the MECODEM project.
  • Beirut, Lebanon (17-18 Dec 2015): Participated as a panelist at the Arab Internet Governance Forum 2015.
  • Belgrade, Serbia (4-6 Dec 2015): Participated in a MECODEM fieldwork and planning meeting on behalf of Stockholm University.
  • Yokoyama, Japan (28 Oct-3 –Nov 2015): Participated in ISOC Board meetings and IETF94.
  • Oslo, Norway (14 Oct 2015): Gave a lecture on Internet censorship at Oslo University MEVIT4614.
  • London, UK (3-5 Oct 2015): Participated as a guest speaker in Internews Europe’s Board Meeting.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (30 Sep 2015): Gave a lecture on Press Freedom at Södertörn University
  • San Francisco, CA (17-20 Sep 2015): Participated in the annual ISOC Board retreat meeting.
  • San Francisco, CA (25-28 Aug 2015): Participated in the bi-annual TED Fellows Retreat (2015)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (5-10 Jul 2015): Participated in ISOC Internet Community 2015 & NetHui 2015.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina (21-25 Jun 2015): Participated in ICANN53 as a coach for new ICANN Fellows.
  • Oxford, UK (16-19 Jun 2015): Participated in a MECODEM workshop on behalf of Stockholm University.
  • Oslo, Norway (12 May 2015): Gave a presentation on Internet censorship at Oslo & Akerhus University
  • Doha, Qatar (3-6 May 2015): Was a speaker at the 9th Aljazeera Media Forum in Qatar. 
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (29-30 Apr 2015): Participated in the Media Freedom Conference organized by the Danish Foreign Ministry.
  • Paris, France (22-24 Apr 2015): Participated as an expert in a UNESCO meeting to create the first Arab Internet Governance Glossary (IGG).
  • The Hague, The Netherlands (16-18 Apr 2015): Participated in the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 (GCCS15)
  • Valencia (5-6 Mar 2015): Co-organized a workshop on Alkasir at the 2015 Circumvention Summit
  • Paris (3-4 Mar 2015): Participated as a speaker at the UNESCO Connecting the Dots conference
  • Singapore (7-12 Feb 2015): Participated on behalf of NCUC in a couple of sessions at ICANN52
  • Beirut (24-26 Nov 2014): Participated as a speaker in an ICANN workshop held during the Third Arab IGF
  • Beirut (23-24 Nov 2014): Participated in the First ISOC Middle East Regional Workshop
  • Malta (21 Nov 2014): Participated as a speaker on the challenges of social media at MCA2014
  • Washington, DC (19 Nov 2014): Spoke on digital activism at the Fusion Rise Up conference
  • Gothenburg, Sweden (1 Nov 2014): Participated as a speaker at FSCON2014 by Gothenburg University
  • Oslo, Norway (28 Oct 2014): Gave a lecture on Internet censorship at Oslo University MEVIT4614
  • Istanbul, Turkey (1-3 Sep 2014): Participated as a speaker at the 9th Internet Governance Forum
  • Sanaa, Yemen (19-21 Aug 2014): Participated in and organized -through ISOC-Yemen- the Introductory Internet Governance Meeting.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (27-28 May 2014): Participated as a panelist in the 2014 Stockholm Internet Forum and co-organized one if its unconference sessions.
  • Örebro, Sweden (23 May 2014): Led the organizing committee of Global Journalism Day 2014.
  • Paris, France (19-21 May 2014): Participated in the IGF Open Consultation and MAG Meeting.
  • Warsaw, Poland (15-16 May 2014): Presented an academic presentation at the RIPE Academic Initiative held during the RIPE68 Meeting.
  • Amman, Jordan (9-11 May 2014): Participated as a panelist in the Third Arab Media Defenders Forum 
  • Toronto, Canada (29 Mar-3 Apr 2014): Participated in the Cyber Dialogue Conference and the annual meeting of the Cyber Stewards Network of the Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto.
  • Singapore (23-27 Mar 2014): Participated in ICANN49 Meeting in Singapore as an ICANN Fellow.
  • Amman, Jordan (20-23 Jan 2014): Participated in the 4th Arab Bloggers’ Meeting and spoke on a panel about privacy and free speech on the Internet
  • Sanaa, Yemen (13 Nov 2013): Curated and organized the TEDxSanaa 2013 conference.
  • Sanaa, Yemen (12 Nov 2013): Gave the keynote speech to launch the ISOC-Yemen chapter.
  • Bergen, Norway (1-3 Nov 2013): Gave a speech at the Rafto Human Rights Award in Bergen.
  • Oslo, Norway (28 Oct 2013): Gave a lecture on Internet censorship at Oslo University MEVIT4614
  • Bali, Indonesia (22-24 Oct 2013): Participated in a couple of panels at IGF 2013.Algeirs, Algeria (1-3 Octeber 2013): Moderate a panel on freedom of expression on the Internet and a participated as a speaker in a workshop on cybersecurity at the Arab IGF 2013.
  • Uppsala, Sweden (21 Sep 2013): Gave a talk at TEDxUppsalaUniversity.
  • Whistler, Canada (18-22 Aug 2013): Gave a talk at the TED Fellows Retreat 2013
  • Sanaa, Yemen (24 Jul 2013): Gave a presentation to selected members of the National Dialogue Committee on the Independence of Media Institutions
  • Sanaa, Yemen (24 Jul 2013): Gave a presentation at the Ministry of Human Rights on using ICTs to combat corruption
  • Jarash, Jordan (16-18 Jun 2013): Presented to the Arab Integrity School on using ICTs for countering corruption
  • Istanbul, Turkey (10-13 Jun 2013): Participated in training Arab activists on using VOIP and censorship circumvention software and techniques
  • Stockholm, Sweden (22-23 May 2013): Attended the Stockholm Internet Forum
  • Beijing, China (5-12 Apr 2013): Attended the ICANN 46 Meeting as an ICANN Fellow
  • Toronto, Canada (15-21 Mar 2013): Attended the Global Cyber Dialogue conference and the Cyber Stewards meetings at the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto
  • Los Angeles, USA (1 Mar 2013): Gave a lecture about Internet censorship and circumvention at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
  • Long Beach, USA (22 Feb – 2 Mar 2013): Attended –as a TED Senior Fellow- the TED 2013 Long Beach annual conference, including a host of workshops and activities.
  • Sanaa, Yemen (31 Dec 2012): Organized TEDxSanaa as the first TEDx event in Yemen.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (26 Nov 2012): Gave a TEDx talk at the TEDxStockholmSalon conference.
  • Washington, DC, USA (12-17 Nov 2012): Participated in advisory board meetings of Aswat-NDI.
  • Boston, USA (18-22 Oct 2012): Invited by Harvard University to present a research paper on the opportunities that ICTs provide to help economic development in Yemen during political transition.
  • NYC, USA (23-26 Sep 2012): Participated as an invited speaker at an event coordinated by Freedom House and the US Department of State on the Lifeline projects impact in promoting civil society and human rights in Yemen during the Arab Spring.
  • Edinburgh, UK (22-3 May 2012): Gave a TED Talk while participating at TEDGlobal 2012 as a Senior TED Fellow on research results concerning Internet censorship in the Middle East.
  • Brasilia, Brasil (17-18 Apr 2012): Gave an opening plenary speech at the Open Government Partners annual assembly for 2012 on the use of technology to promote transparency and combat censorship.
  • Long Beach, USA (24 Feb – 3 Mar 2012): Attended –as a TED Senior Fellow- the TED 2012 Long Beach annual conference, including a host of workshops and activities.
  • Seattle, USA (23 Feb 2012): Participated in ObfuscationFest 2012, hosted by the University of Washington and Internews to explore improvement of cyber censorship circumvention tools.
  • Cairo, Egypt (2 Feb 2012): Participated in a Meeting on Media Development in Yemen, organized by International Media Support.
  • Istanbul, Turkey (22-26 Jan 2012): Invited by NDI to present and discuss techniques that Arab activists could use technology to protect privacy, enhance security and circumvent Internet censorship.
  • Oslo, Norway (10-11 Dec 2011): Attended the Nobel Peace Ceremony as a guest and delegate member accompanying Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman.
  • Brugge, Belgium (7-9 Dec 2011): Gave a presentation and provided some expert opinion on developments in Yemen as part of the ongoing Arab Spring and how technology was used. This was part of a course by Folke Bornadotte Academy on "Conflict Prevention in Practice, Yemen as a case study".
  • Aarhus, Denmark (10-11 Nov 2011): Gave a presentation about Alkasir, censorship and censorship circumvention in the "Modes of communication, deliberation and democratic values" workshop by Aarhus University.
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (19-21 Sep 2011): Gave a presentation on alkasir and Yemen Portal at a workshop by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on Political Activism and the Role of New Media in a conference on "Challenges for Media Development in South East Europe".
  • Stockholm, Sweden (27 May 2011): Presentation on the Arab revolutions and website censorship and circumvention at the conclusion session of the Swedish Institutes Young Leaders Program.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (8 Apr 2011): Presentation on new medias role in the Arab revolutions and the utilization of censorship circumvention (alkasir as a case study) in a one-day seminar by SIDA entitled "No business as usual in the Arab World".
  • Austin, Texas (Mar 2011): Participated at a University of Texas in Austin in my capacity as a graduate student concerned with the use of ICTs in the International Online Journalism Symposium.
  • Kalmar, Sweden (15 Mar 2011): Gave a presentation on Alkasir and website censorship at Linnaeus University.
  • Oslo, Norway (13 Jan 2011): Presented a paper at the Second International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice organized by the University of Oslo.
  • Cairo, Egypt (11 Jan 2011): Presented a paper on Internet censorship in the Arab world at the regional meeting Freedom of Expression in the Arab World organized by ANHRI.
  • Rabat, Morocco (Dec 2010): Participated in the MENA Network Advocacy Group workshop by NDI.
  • Stanford, US (11-12 Oct 2010): Presented at a Liberation Technologies conference organized by Stanford University.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (Sep 2010): Gave a presentation about Alkasir at a conference on "Independent Media in Exile" organized by Fojo Media Institute, with World Press Freedom Committee of Freedom House.
  • Budapest, Hungary (Sep 2010): Presented at the pre-conference workshop and participated at the conference Internet at Liberty organized by Google and Central European University
  • Oxford, UK (Jul 2010): Gave a TED-U talk at TEDGlobal2010 on efforts to fight cyber-censorship through the development of alkasir.
  • Grahamstown, South Africa (Jul 2010): Participated in the Second World Journalism Education Congress organized by Rhodes University.
  • Cracow, Poland (Jul 2010): Gave a speech and presentation during the High Level Community of Democracies Meeting on the use of new technologies in promoting democracy.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (Apr 2010): Gave a presentation at the Föreningen för utvecklingsfrågor (FuF) on Internet censorship.
  • Katrineholm, Sweden (Mar 2010): Presented a paper on literature related to Internet censorship (as part of a PhD thesis)
  • Cairo, Egypt (Sep 2009): trainer in a workshop organized by the American University in Cairo (Kamal Adham Center for Journalism) for a dozen Arab journalists on the use of circumvention techniques to bypass online censorship.
  • Sanaa, Yemen (Jul 2009): Provided training in two workshops (one with Article 19 and another with the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate) in the field of access to information over the Internet and circumventing website censorship.
  • Oslo, Norway (Jun, 2009): Gave training and spoke at the Global Forum for Freedom of Expression (Jun 1-6).
  • Cairo, Egypt (May, 2009): Spoke and launched officially the Beta version of alkasir website censorship circumvention and tracking software during the "Blogging the Future" summit.
  • Utrecht, The Netherlands (Apr, 2009): Participated in an introductory session as a Research Assistant for a EU project studying Media and Citizenship among Arabs.
  • Risstissen, Germany (Apr, 2009): Was a participant in a workshop organized by the Harvard Universitys Berkman Center and Aspen Institute-Germany on Blogging, Cyber Censorship and Internet Activism in the Middle East. 
  • Cairo, Egypt (Dec, 2008): Participated in the first Arabic Techies Workshop, where discussions on collaboration among technology pioneers and activists took place with the objective of promoting activism and social participation in the Arab world.
  • Oslo, Norway (Oct, 2008): Was hosted as a guest lecturer on YemenPortal.net, its history and application at Oslo University.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (Sep, 2008): Participated as speaker in a conference by International Media Support on ICTs in networked communication environments.
  • Budapest, Hungary (Jun, 2008): Participated on behalf of YemenPortal.net in the 2008 Citizen Summit organized by Global Voices Online (http://globalvoicesonline.org).
  • Gothenburg, Sweden (Jun, 2008): Participated on behalf of YemenPortal.net in the 3-day 15th World Editors Forum and World Newspapers Congress.
  • Stockholm, Sweden (May, 2008): Gave a presentation at the Swedish Institute about his work in the field of access to information through YemenPortal.net
  • Bali, Indonesia (May, 2008): Participated in the Global Inter-media Dialogue III event, which focused on "Ethical Journalism in Extreme conditions: The challenge of Diversity"
  • Maputo, Mozambique (May, 2008): Participated as a speaker in the UNESCO Press Freedom Day 2008 Conference, in which he talked about his work in the field of access to information through YemenPortal.net
  • Uppsala, Sweden (Apr, 2008): Participated as a speaker at an Uppsala University conference on "ICT and Democracy - Big Brother and Empowered Sisters"
  • Oslo, Norway (Mar, 2008): Was hosted by the Oslo University College to lecture on new media in Yemen and the role of YemenPortal.net in promoting freedom of expression on line.
  • Sanaa-Yemen, Doha-Qatar, Dubai-UAE, Manama-Bahrain (Jun & Jul 2007): Carried out panel discussion meetings and wrote reports for the IREX Media Sustainability Index for 2006.
  • Medellin, Columbia (May 2007): Attended the 2007 UNESCO Press Freedom Award as a jury member and also presented a speech centering on impunity during a 2-day conference there.
  • Oslo, Norway (Jan 2007): Was part of a visiting delegation from Orebro University to participate in an academic activity on Peace Journalism hosted by the University of Oslo.


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