Good Convos and #GreenIt Campaign Launch w/Amb. Martin Kobler in Islamabad

It all began with a tweet by Ambassador Martin Kobler, the charming German Ambassador to Pakistan, inviting other active Pakistani twitter followers to a #tweetup. A friend shared the tweet asking where all the women were and that’s when I decided to get in touch – all the while thinking this would be a #TwitterLive session. Turns out it was an invite to take part in the first-ever Twitter party at the Embassy.

Fast forward a few weeks later, and here we are! This was a truly special gathering. The launch of the #GreenIt campaign focuses on encouraging sustainable living throughout the country, from planting and harvesting organic food to saving water while carrying out daily chores.

It was an honor to meet with so many caring, motivated individuals, all of whom are so passionate about their respective causes, be it environmental awareness, equal access to education and jobs for women or greater accessibility for limited mobility individuals.

Catalyst Woman in the UAE (More Pictures)

Listed on Speakerinnen!

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Proud to be listed on the Speakerinnen website – that, too, highlighting my favorite topics to speak about – Empowering Women, Communications, Educational Technology and Employability Training. Kudos to the founders of the project; this is a great way to show support for balanced representation of both genders on the stage and across all other platforms (digital/virtual).

Looking forward to attending more conferences in 2016!

Digital Security Training: Privacy + Social Media Workshop @ ShirkatGah, Lahore

20150606_113836-COLLAGEThis past weekend I had the privilege of being invited by my good friend Nabiha to present on Privacy & Social Media at the Digital Security Training session. The workshop took place at Shirkat Gah’s library, another one of my favourite places to hang out in Lahore.  (Libraries in general are at top of my list. But I digress.)

Yes! Back to the workshop!

It was a cozy, chatty atmosphere with lots of questions and hands-on training, both for my topic as well as the one on encryption. I really enjoyed talking about the fast evolution of social media accounts and how ethics strongly figures into our behaviours, on-line and off-line. I purposefully include a section on cyber-bullying and other negative online social interactions- as always there was an engaging discussion about the cause and effects of trolling on the digital native.  I have put the slides up on Slideshare, check’m out.

Ghausia from BoloBhi walked us through the amusing, awe-inspiring and definitely paranoia-inducing world of online privacy. I will get into the excellent points she raised and share why I know believe we should ALL be using encryption in the upcoming podcast.