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Human rights heroes: A recap of session 11 of TEDGlobal 2014

Human rights heroes: A recap of session 11 of TEDGlobal 2014

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From a speaker helping to contain the ebola outbreak to an America lawyer standing up for rights in Afghanistan to a journalist cracking open the Nigerian media, Session 11: Fighters was filled with crackling talks. A recap: Fred Swaniker kicks off the day with a bold vision for Africa’s future, which, he argues, rests squarely in []

Mapping where we meet: TED University at TEDGlobal 2014

Mapping where we meet: TED University at TEDGlobal 2014

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TED University is the raucous session before “real TED” starts when attendees get up and give their own short talks. (Some of our very favorite TED Talks came from this session, like talks on Lego, sex, and 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do.) This morning at a cheerful 9am, we met the []

From 3D animated molecules to tethered kite-copters: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 1

From 3D animated molecules to tethered kite-copters: A recap of the TED2014 Fellows Talks, Session 1

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With the TED Fellows, expect the unexpected: 3D animated molecules, tethered quadcopter cameras, death row inmates turned lawyers, quantum chaos. It’s the fifth-anniversary edition of TED Fellows talks, live from Vancouver, and here’s what happened in Session 1. Usman Riaz, musician + artist The Fellows stage comes to life quietly with the melodic strains of []

Lift the ban on YouTube: Artists in Pakistan speak out

Lift the ban on YouTube: Artists in Pakistan speak out

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As a young musician in Pakistan, TED Fellow Usman Riaz learned to play in the percussive guitar style by watching YouTube videos of Kaki King and her influences, including the founder of the technique, Preston Reed. Now, Riaz is among the artists and musicians calling for Pakistan to lift its seven-month-old ban on YouTube. Talking []

Young musicians who’ve shared a stage with their idols

Young musicians who’ve shared a stage with their idols

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When 21-year-old guitar whiz Usman Riaz was growing up in Pakistan, he often found himself entranced by videos of Preston Reed, one of the pioneers of fingerstyle guitar. As a longtime admirer of Reed’s unique rhythms and plucky sounds, Riaz calls the experience of actually sharing a stage with him at TEDGlobal 2012 “very surreal.” []