Meedan.net is a digital town square where you can share conversation and links about world events with speakers outside your language community. Everything that gets posted on meedan.net is mirrored in Arabic and English – whether it’s the headlines you read, the comments you write, or the articles you share.
Meedan was founded in 2005 and incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization in 2006. Since 2005 they have been building and working with technologies to improve cross-cultural tolerance, understanding and citizen’s diplomacy between web users in the United States and the Middle East.
Meedan is the first social network explicitly built to facilitate collaborations across languages. It is a combination of technology and community which underpins their vision and drive for a new beginning for global civic participation and Arab World-Western relations.
Because it is a unique approach to creating dialogue, and disseminating information to/from the Arabic-speaking world. Especially in the wake of the "Arab Spring", there is a heightened need for exchange of accurate and timely information from the people on the ground. Meedan was my go-to spot for information since the revolution in Tunisia launched the subsequent events throughout the region.