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Cultures in Virtual Worlds

New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia
cultural studies, social media, social networks, virtual worlds
Nov 11, 2011

Social Media against Sexual Abuse in Cairo

A group of Egyptian women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and abuse with the creation of HarassMap, a crowdsourced way to monitor and protect women in Cairo. The site asks women to report any sexual assault by calling, texting, emailing or tweeting (#harassmap) the site.

Islam, Citizenship and New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Dec 18, 2011 – Dec 20, 2011
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC )
Paulien Baujard
Islam and civil society, identity, Egypt, activism, Islam and politics, media studies, satellite TV, authority, Middle Eastern studies, blogs, social networks, public sphere, democracy
Jul 1, 2011

Religions as Brands: The Marketization of Religion and Spirituality

Oct 13, 2011 – Oct 15, 2011
University of Lausanne
Ghislaine Cestre (University of Lausanne, HEC), T.C. Melewar (Zürich University of Applied Sciences), Jörg Stolz (University of Lausanne, FTSR, Observatoire des Religions), Jean-Claude Usunier (University of Lausanne, HEC)
economic studies, social networks, study of religion, social aspects
Apr 30, 2011

Society, Cyber Media and Social Transformation in the Arab Gulf

Mar 8, 2011 – Jul 1, 2011
United Arab Emirates
Zayed University Press
el-Sayed el-Aswad
social media, information and communication technology, social networks, Middle Eastern studies
Jul 1, 2011

The Role of Digital Media in Political Changes

In his article for Miller-McCune, Philip N. Howard, the director of Project on Information Technology and Political Islam argues both the dangers of overemphasizing and ignoring the role of digital media in political change in Egypt and Tunisia. He describes the strategy of tech-savvy activists using these media, predicts its impact on future behaviour of the Middle Eastern rulers and indicates what the U.S. shall do to support the democratization in the region.

Televised Discussion on the Power of Social Media

On 17 February, Al Jazeera English aired a televised discussion focused on the power and potential of social media. At Columbia Journalism School's Lecture Hall, Marwan Bishara, the host of Al Jazeera's Empire, talked to Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist; Amy Goodman, the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Professor Emily Bell, the director of digital journalism at Columbia University; Evgeny Morozov, the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom; and Professor Clay Shirky, the author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.

Global Voices' Special Coverage of Bahrain Protests

Global Voices, an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world, maintain a special coverage of current events in Bahrain. The Bahrain Protest 2011 page provide up-to-date news from the country, gather and translate relevant tweets and re-publish photos and videos posted by witnesses.

CBS Interview with Wael Ghonim on Revolution 2.0

Few days after Hosni Mubarak's step down, Wael Ghonim, a Google executive-turned political activist, gave an interview to CBS's 60 Minutes program. He talked about the initial role of Facebook page We Are All Khaled Said, set up in honor of Khaled Said, an young Egyptian who is believed to have been beaten to death by police. He stressed the importance of social networks for the revolution, saying that without them "it will never happen". He called this revolution a revolution 2.0, because it is like Wikipedia where "everyone is contributing content, you don't know the names of the people contributing the content".
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