Yara el Murr
Yara el Murr is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and kotobli co founder. She writes primarily about health and the environment but also about migration, labor, and grassroots initiatives. Since March 2022, Yara has been working on curations and collaborations for kotobli.com, a platform for readers to discover books, authors, publishers, and magazines from and about the SWANA region.
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Journalist, Yara el Murr, from Lebanon presents a case study of kotobli, a book discovery platform that counters colonial algorithms used in searching for books about the SWANA region. She details how Big Tech favours publishers and authors from the Global North and presents the challenges and opportunities of working with local publishers and authors to change this.