Gandhi, Google and Hashtags: An Evening with Jared Cohen
Jared Cohen is focused on engaging the largest population sector in the world who also happen to be the most savvy in connection-technology - the 4 billion people under 30 years of age.
Specializing in the use of technology as a tool for positive change, Cohen examines how social media is shaping identities worldwide and creating space for new opposition and social upheaval. His interests lie in counter-radicalization, innovation and technology, and youth -- particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.
While working in the State Department under President Obama, Cohen convinced Twitter to delay a scheduled maintenance during the historical 2009 Iranian protests in Tehran. Activists, reporters, and Iranian citizens were using Twitter to inform the outside world about protests in Tehran. Credited by The New York Times as an "integral part of a new State Department effort to bring diplomacy into the digital age, by using widely available technologies to reach out to citizens," Cohen has been on the forefront of shaping technology to improve civil society since 2004. He is 29 years old.
Director of Google Ideas, a global initiative "think/do" tank applying technological solutions to problems in the developing world, Cohen is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council for Foreign Affairs. He is a former member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff under Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton and the youngest member ever appointed. He has been featured in The New York Times, Business Week, Wired Magazine, CNN, Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, NPR, and a variety of other news sources.
He is the author of "One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide" and "Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East," among other publications. Cohen has served twice as a juror at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently working on a new book related to how technology transforms the distribution of power around the world. He was selected by the Huffington Post as one of "Top 100 Game Changers" and by social enterprise Devex as one of "40 Under 40."
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