Karachi, Lahore Host Ground-Breaking Pakistan-India Blogger's Conference
The United States Consulates General in Lahore and Karachi are pleased to host the 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela. Building on the energy and inspiration of the 2011 social media summit, American support encourages peace and prosperity in the subcontinent and the region.
PeaceNiche organized the content of the Mela, bringing together some of the most dynamic bloggers and social media practitioners on the subcontinent.
Speaking on the occasion, Consul General William Martin recognized the important role of the Indian and Pakistani speakers and audience members in addressing today's most vital issues, stating, "I am inspired by your courage and dedication giving a brave voice to issues too often overlooked by the mainstream media. With a computer and internet connection your only tools, you have demonstrated sophisticated communication skills in speaking out against corruption, human rights violations, and violent extremism."
CG Martin went on to call the Mela a "model of citizen democracy," and expressed gratitude to all the participants for playing a role in further strengthening peace and prosperity in the region.
A festival of ideas and action, the 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela will nurture dialogue and critical engagement with entrepreneurs, journalists, activists, writers, comedians, musicians and others, encouraging practitioners and novices alike to explore the creative arts, contemplate the changing face of media and politics, marvel at pop culture, highlight activists' successes, gain insights on crowd-funding, debate the virtues of slacktivism, and demystify the business of social media.
PeaceNiche, a not for profit organization that promotes democratic discourse and conflict resolution through intellectual and cultural engagement, curated the Mela.