Mahmoud Salem is an award winning Egyptian blogger, activist, writer, and, more recently, cybersecurity analyst.
Writing under the pseudonym ‘Sandmonkey’ Salem was a key critic of the Mubarak regime, starting in 2004. In 2010 he argued that the country’s ‘cartoonish’ elections were rigged, helping to develop the discontent that became the Arab Spring in Egypt. As Mubarak was removed from office, Salem became a key conduit for the aims of young Egyptians.
In 2011 he ran for office as a member of the secular ‘Free Egyptians’.