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Here's a Ghonim quote that interested me the most: "One of the strategic mistakes of [the Mubarak] regime was blocking Facebook. One of the reasons why they are no longer in power now is that they blocked Facebook. Why? Because they have told four million people that they are scared like hell from the revolution."
Does this apply at your company?
Of course, I do understand that countries and companies are different. There is no doubt that when life and death are involved, the matters of a country are infinitely more important than a mere company.
Yet, to backwards CEOs I would say: I hope you've got some money squirreled away like Mubarak apparently does. Because at some point, you're going to get run out of town.
If you work under an authoritarian regime, please share this (perhaps anonymously) with the HR people. Better yet, send it to the CEO.