Months before the protests began in Cairo, Wael Ghonim was a prominent online activist for democracy in Egypt.
On January 26, he wrote, "I said one year ago that the Internet will change the political scene in Egypt and some friends made fun of me."
The next day, he was detained and blindfolded for 12 days for organizing protests against the Mubarak government. His disappearance became a rallying point for the protestors. Ghonim's name was on posters in Tahrir Square where some declared they would not leave until he was freed.
After his release he declared, "If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet."