Google Executive calls Egypt Revolution 2.0

February 10, 2011: 1:08 PM ET

"If you want to free a society give them Internet access"

Here's a brief interview with Wael Ghonim, Marketing head of Google Inc. Middle East & North Africa, who has been moonlighting (20% time?) as an Internet-enabled revolutionary and jailed activist over the last month.

Ghonim is seen by many as being one of the lynch pins of this Egyptian revolution.  He set up some of the Facebook pages that organized the original gatherings and after subsequently being jailed, became a rallying cry for protestors.  He was released a few days ago.

As we wait official word on whether Egypt's leader Hosni Mubarak will step down tonight, Ghonim tweeted the following minutes ago:

More on Fortune:

Join the Conversation
About This Author
Seth Weintraub
Seth Weintraub

Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

Email Seth
Current Issue
  • Give the gift of Fortune
  • Get the Fortune app
  • Subscribe
Powered by WordPress.com VIP.