"The ability to return to a harrowing experience -- one that was deeply personal to her -- and recount it in detail so that others may learn can only be borne of the courage and professionalism that she has always displayed as a journalist ... As we are utilizing social media to bring government closer to people, through her book, she shows that others are making use of the same instruments to spread an ideology of violence and terror. Her research into the methods of terrorist groups still active today will enable a better understanding of how these groups operate -- and will serve as a good resource for those seeking peace and stability for all."
--Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines "Maria Ressa has crafted a remarkable, true and troubling story. Her description of the nexus between social media and terrorism sheds an important light on the challenges we face in confronting non-state actors bent on destroying innocent lives. Ressa does not flinch in describing the ordeal her co-workers experienced, her role in freeing them or issuing a clarion call to us to be aware of the danger we face from Internet-connected terrorists. Her work is a critical literary experience for us all."
-- Harry K Thomas, Jr, US Ambassador to the Philippines and former Director for South Asia, National Security Council
"Maria Ressa wrote the first book on the rise of terrorism in Southeast Asia. In the last decade, concerted intelligence, law enforcement and military operations have disrupted international, regional and domestic threat groups in Southeast Asia. Maria captures these emerging developments in From bin Laden to Facebook, a must-read for policy and decision makers, security practitioners and scholars, as well as the public." --Rohan Gunaratna, Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
"One of the leading experts on terror in Southeast Asia, Maria Ressa has written a fascinating and important primer on the ties of family and loyalty that bind the region's Islamist networks. Rich with the personal histories of some of the region's most dangerous men and women, her account is framed by the gripping step-by-step drama of a kidnapping that brought terror to her doorstep in what she calls 'the most challenging ten days of my life'." --Seth Mydans, Former New York Times Correspondent
About the Author
Maria A Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts-and-minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator.
Ms Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN's bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) and Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN's lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia, and wrote Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia in 2003.
In 1987, she was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, for six years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.
She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University, and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. 10 Days, 10 Years: FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK is part of her work as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Political Violence & Terrorism Research at RSIS in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.