The Fallacy of Exporting Tech Solutions to the Middle East

Regional innovators are bucking the notion that Western imported tech is the solution to the Middle East's problems. Music, creative ways to bypass censorship, and grassroots literacy are the real paths to change, and are being forged by innovators already in the region: they just need partners brave enough to join them.


Esra'a Al-Shafei Founder, Majal

Bahraini civil rights advocate Esra’a Al-Shafei is the founder and director of Majal.org, an organization building platforms to amplify underrepresented voices, such as CrowdVoice, an open-source tool that curates and contextualizes social justice movements worldwide, and Mideast Tunes, the largest platform for underground musicians in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The Fallacy of Exporting Tech Solutions to the Middle East

Regional innovators are bucking the notion that Western imported tech is the solution to the Middle East's problems. Music, creative ways to bypass censorship, and grassroots literacy are the real paths to change, and are being forged by innovators already in the region: they just need partners brave enough to join them.

Esra'a Al-Shafei

Founder, Majal

Bahraini civil rights advocate Esra’a Al-Shafei is the founder and director of Majal.org, an organization building platforms to amplify underrepresented voices, such as CrowdVoice, an open-source tool that curates and contextualizes social justice movements worldwide, and Mideast Tunes, the largest platform for underground musicians in the Middle East and North Africa.

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