Great.com interviews Ideas Beyond Borders about online censorship in the Middle East
Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed Ideas Beyond Borders as part of their 'Great.com Talks With...' podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
A growing movement in the Middle East rejects authoritarianism in favor of free and critical thinking. Faisal Saeed Al Mutar discussed the struggle to access reliable Arabic language information in the digital age.
Only 0.6 percent of online content is written or spoken in Arabic, and most of it is tightly controlled by violent demagogues. Faisal set up Ideas Beyond Borders in 2017 to provide monolingual Arabic speakers with content that was free of government censorship. He now has a team of translators working on House of Wisdom 2.0, IBB’s online content library.
Listen to the whole interview to learn how an encounter with armed militia in his native Iraq inspired Faisal to speak out against the sectarian conflict. You can also read more about the House of Wisdom and donate. A more connected and media literate the Middle East makes for a more peaceful world.
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