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Arabic language use and content on the Internet

Arabic language use and content on the Internet

The Internet offers its users many rights and privileges, at the heart of which is the right to access information. A major issue that faces developing countries, in this regard, is the use of their own native language(s) on the Internet. Creating content is a major challenge to such countries as they have o face many barriers and overcome several hurdles in order to be able to create websites in their own languages. Some of these barriers may be obvious, such as illiteracy, computer knowledge, and technical knowledge of the tools of content creation. Other hurdles may come in the form of government regulations, misconceptions among users, technical difficulties with non-English content creation tools, or just the mere absence of motivation to create content, particularly in the users’ own language.
In this paper I will examine the Arabic content on the Internet and discuss its status. I will then turn to patterns of language used among Egyptian Internet users. Next, I will discuss the barriers and challenges facing the creation of Arabic content on the Internet, and finally, I will turn to what can be done to increase it, both on the level of organizations and on the level of individual users. In doing so, I will attempt to answer four research questions:

1) What is the status of Arabic-language content on the Internet?

2) What are the language usage patterns for Egyptian Internet users?

3) What are the challenges/barriers facing the creation of Arabic content on the Internet?

4) What are the incentives that could be offered to encourage more creation of Arabic content on the Internet?

paper
26 p.
eng