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Ahmed Medien

Ahmed is a contributor to GV and GV Arabic lingua from Tunisia since 2011. His main interests are digital and privacy rights and internet literacy and governance. He is a forever and fervent supporter of freedom of expression and freedom of the press. As a blogger, Ahmed has several bylines on the internet.

He has been Chevening Scholar in 2017 and an Internet Society IGF Young Ambassador in 2019. Ahmed works continuously on good governance projects through data-evidenced decision-making, democracy projects and internet literacy projects.

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Tunisia: Netizens Voice Frustration Over Slow Legislature

Tunisian netizens are turning to their keyboards and touch screens to voice their frustration with the performance of their representatives at the country's Constituent Assembly. Six months after their election, Members of Parliament and government officials seem to be having serious challenges meeting the people's various, and often exaggerated, expectations.

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Tunisia: Book Readers to the Streets!

Following weeks of demonstrations in Tunis, a new event has been announced, called “L'avenue ta9ra”, or “The avenue reads”. The plan is for Tunisians to bring their books to Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the most symbolic thoroughfare of the capital, and take part in a collective reading session.

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Tunisia: Bloggers Help Draft the Constitution

On October 23rd, 2011, Tunisians elected an assembly to draft its new constitution, following the toppling of the Ben Ali regime. Now, five months later, the assembly has just started studying the draft proposals. Yet, disagreements about the first article of the constitution is slowing down the work of the assembly and Islam and the Arab identity are at the heart of debates nationwide. Netizens are chipping in to help bridge the gap.

Tunisia: The New Phase of Social Media

The use of social media has grown popular during the days of the Tunisian revolution in early January 2011. Today, netizens and politicians maintain a presence online to reach target audiences to fulfill their goals. Ahmed Medien takes us behind the scenes.

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Tunisia: McCain's Visit Stirs up Anti-US Feelings

  27 February 2012

Senator John McCain's visit to Tunisia on Thursday, February 23, left Tunisian Internet users angry over what they called Ennahda's 'double standards.' Hundreds of Facebook comments, dozens of tweets and many pictures filled social media platforms frequented by Tunisians after a controversial picture of Tunisian Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali, hugging the Senator.

Madagascar : Why Malagasies Cannot Use Paypal

  18 February 2012

The Malagasy blogger Sam bemoans on Reflexium the absence of an electronic payment system in Madagascar  [fr]: ” It is ludicrous that Malagasy people can open accounts on Paypal but cannot withdraw money from their accounts or credit it. Madagascar launched a few initiatives to have Paypal services in the country. Yet, the...

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