FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK: The Impact of Technology |

FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK: The Impact of Technology


Maria Ressa spent nearly 2 decades reporting on Southeast Asia as CNN's Jakarta bureau chief. Her book, Seeds of Terror, was the first to document al-Qaeda's links in Southeast Asia. FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK looks at the spread of terrorism through social networks - from the physical to the virtual worlds. As the crisis manager dealing with an Abu Sayyaf kidnapping in 2008, Ressa documents the steps she and her team took to get the victims home safely. This is the narrative that binds her new book together, but make no mistake. It also contains the ideas and research which makes social media and big data disruptive to nearly every industry today. These are the ideas which power Ressa's newest venture, online social network, Rappler.

Some reviews for FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK, now available in Singapore:

“One of the leading experts on terror in Southeast Asia, Maria Ressa has written a fascinating and important primer on the ties of family and loyalty that bind the region’s Islamist networks. Rich with the personal histories of some of the region’s most dangerous men and women, her account is framed by the gripping step-by-step drama of a kidnapping that brought terror to her doorstep in what she calls ‘the most challenging ten days of my life.’”
- Seth Mydans, Long-time New York Times Correspondent

“Maria Ressa has crafted a remarkable, true and troubling story. Her description of the nexus between social media and terrorism sheds an important light on the challenges we face in confronting non-state actors bent on destroying innocent lives. Ressa does not flinch in describing the ordeal her co-workers experienced, her role in freeing them or issuing a clarion call to us to be aware of the danger we face from internet-connected terrorists. Her work is a critical literary experience for us all.”
- Harry K. Thomas, Jr. , US Ambassador to the Philippines and former Director, National Security Council

“The ability to return to a harrowing experience – one that was deeply personal to her – and recount it in detail so that others may learn can only be borne of the courage and professionalism that she has always displayed as a journalist. As we are utilizing social media to bring government closer to people, through her book, she shows that others are making use of the same instruments to spread an ideology of violence and terror. Her research into the methods of terrorist groups will active today will enable a better understand of how these groups operate – and will serve as a good resource for those seeking peace and stability for all.”
- Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines

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Ms. Maria A. Ressa, Author, FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK; Former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief; CEO, Rappler Inc

Thursday, 04 April 2013
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-5,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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