Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif is an author, speaker, human rights activitist and a regular contributor to international media. She has written for the Time, the NY Times and Washington Post. Her Amazon bestseller memoir, Daring to Drive: a Saudi Woman's Awakening, is an intimate story of her life growing up in one of the most masculine societies in the world.
When governments defy the people: the authoritarian blueprint for oppression

When governments defy the people: the authoritarian blueprint for oppression

Inspired by the Arab Spring, Manal al-Sharif used social media to start and lead movements. In the second of two ...
Social media: time to turn around the weapons

Social media: time to turn around the weapons

For all the benefits wrought by the information revolution, social media has become a tool of dictators. Its ...
Planned obsolescence – how Big Tech manipulates consumers to spend again and again

Planned obsolescence – how Big Tech manipulates consumers to spend again and again

"Your smartphone has a built-in frailty that will force it to fail in approximately 2-3 years." Manal al-Sharif ...
Manal Al-Sharif: Australia’s new surveillance laws remind me of home

Manal Al-Sharif: Australia’s new surveillance laws remind me of home

"I left Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most oppressive regimes. But the Australian Government’s recent draconian ...
Captive Mood: how Big Tech manipulates your emotions to serve advertisers

Captive Mood: how Big Tech manipulates your emotions to serve advertisers

The digital advertising platforms don’t just want our data. They also want us to spend our lives online, an ...
Digital Slaves: how Big Tech tracks us for profit

Digital Slaves: how Big Tech tracks us for profit

Use of AI is increasing the power of Big Tech players like Google and Facebook and their control over our lives. ...
State of Surveillance: if Pegasus can hack Jeff Bezos’ phone, is there anywhere to hide?

State of Surveillance: if Pegasus can hack Jeff Bezos’ phone, is there anywhere to hide?

Israeli firm NSO Group has created spyware which can hack a smartphone, beat encryption and access every bit of ...

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