Geek Reading: An Evening with Ahmed Al Omran

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Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran will present and answer questions on censorship and the politics of blogging in Saudi Arabia.

Geek Reading with Ahmed al Omran!Have you ever wondered why Saudi Arabia avoided the winds of change while the surrounding region was swept into upheaval during the Arab Spring? Join EFF and Saudi blogger Ahmed Al Omran for an insider’s look at this Middle Eastern country and a discussion about blogging, government censorship, and politics at our upcoming Geek Reading on Thursday, April 5. Best known for his widely read and longstanding blog, Saudi Jeans, Omran is a multimedia journalist working as a production assistant on the social media desk at NPR.

Spotlighting everything from student protests to the ongoing plight of a writer facing death threats for blasphemous Tweets, Saudi Jeans offers a rare glimpse inside Saudi Arabia with daily snapshots of a fascinating moment in history. Omran will discuss what it is like to contend with government censorship in a country where bloggers are few and far between, and his talk will shed light on the state of online discourse in Saudi Arabia.

EFF Geek Readings bring Internet users, bloggers, free speech advocates, and other interested folks together to hear from prominent writers and thinkers, meet like-minded community members, and exchange ideas.

This is an all-ages event, but we're hosting beer and wine for guests over 21!

April 5, 2012 7:00 PM   through   10:00 PM
235 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
Non-Member $ 20.00
Member (With Card) $ 15.00

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