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Alaa Abd El Fattah is a writer, programmer, community organizer and activist who constantly generates new meaning to the notion of activism. 

He has been in political detention during the Hosni Mubarak era, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces interim rule following the January 25 revolution, the military-appointed government in July 3, 2013 and the ensuing rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He was threatened with arrest during the short-lived rule of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. 

Abd El Fattah’s last imprisonment in November was on charges related to the protest law. After being released in March, he was re-arrested in June after being handed a 15-year prison sentence in absentia even though he was present outside the court the day of the hearing. In September, he was released pending the case, following the judge’s retreat from the hearings. 

In those last four months in prison, Abd El Fattah saw his sister arrested, his father die, and an escalating hunger strike campaign among political detainees in which he took part. Even though his last detention was the continuation of a struggle, it was also different in some ways. In this conversation with Lina Attalah, he speaks of resistance in the midst of despair, of taking the fight to the very basic site of life, the body.  From his work with children on using Facebook to ridicule their teachers in the Arab Digital Expression Camps, to his work with pro-democracy activists on using blogs to mobilize thousands of Egyptians against their government in the Kefaya movement, Alaa just loves helping people use ICTs to stick it to the man.

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