Monday, November 14, 2005

Al Jazeera Interview

I was hosted by Al Jazeera Arabic Channel tonight for a 30-minute program, Beyond the News, to discuss the coming World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis from 16-18 November 2005. The host was Mohamad Kraishan and the other guest from Cairo was Dr. Abdel Monem Saeed, head of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

This is the second time I was invited to talk about this issue on Al Jazeera. The first was in December 2003 during the first summit in Geneva, on Minbar Al Jazeera program.

The discussion revolved around America's control of the Internet, what it means, and what the various parties have to say on this issue. I will elaborate more on this program and the summit later on, including:

  • Internet governance
  • Human rights and freedom of expression; Internet prisoners
  • Freedom on knowing; Internet censorship
  • The economic factors
  • The Digital Divide

My other live contributions on Al Jazeera include the reality of Muslims in Science and Technology in November 1997 and the Role of the Internet as a Means to Communicate Islam in October 1999.

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