Alaa Abd El Fattah
Alaa Abd El Fattah is a pioneer of digital activism in the region. Through his ten years of work as both software developer and organizer he helped countless communities exploit the opportunities that ICTs and social media afford them in their quest for progressive change. In his effort to promote Free/Open Source software as an engine for economic development in the region he co-founded the EGLUG community and contributed to the efforts to bring Arabic support to FOSS systems, culminating with his work as lead developer on the premiere FOSS translation management tool Pootle. He worked on spreading citizen journalism building the Egyptian blogs aggregator and co-authoring award winning blog Manalaa.net with his wife. To further the cause of digital liberties he co-founded the Arab Techies regional network. He writes an irregular column for Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk, builds rich community websites in his spare time and is often found at street protests or court rooms dealing with the consequences of all the above.