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.

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.


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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...

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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 profit-driven, surveillance-based...

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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 reports on...

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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 rules remind me...

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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 “addiction”...

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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...

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 our...

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