Much was made of the importance of Twitter and other forms of social media during last year's Iranian election. But were the tweets out of Iran really representative of the view on the ground? Social media sites are being embraced throughout the developing world: even in countries where repressive regimes limit freedom of speech and media access. It's a situation that presents new opportunities - and pitfalls - for journalists.
Moeed Ahmad is the head of New Media at Al Jazeera, and he provides a unique, inside perspective on the use of these websites in the Middle East at the Media 2010 conference in Sydney.
Moeed Ahmad is based in Doha, Qatar and is the Head of New Media for the Al Jazeera network. In this role he is responsible for utilizing new media to broaden audience use, distribution and engagement with Al Jazeera content.
He was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada in his teens. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003.