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New Book: Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests

In this monograph, Chris Featherman adopts a discourse analytical approach to explore the ways in which social movement ideologies and identities are discursively constructed in new and old media. In the context of his argument, Featherman also considers current debates surrounding the role that technologies play in democracy-building and global activist networks. He engages these critical issues through a case study of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests, looking at both US legacy media coverage of the protests as well as activists’ use of social media. Through qualitative analysis of a corpus of activists’ Twitter tweets and Flickr uploads, Featherman argues that activists’ social media discourses and protesters’ symbolic and tactical borrowing of global English contribute to micronarratives of globalization, while also calling into question master narratives about Iran commonly found in mainstream Western media accounts.

Book: Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives

The book considers the dynamics at play for Iranian artists as they confront their cultural past as well as issues of contemporaneity and cultural specificity. Contemporary Iranian Art includes major work by acclaimed Iranian artists such as Mahmoud Bakhshi, Shadi Ghadirian, Barbad Golshiri, Marcos Grigorian, Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Sohrab Sepehri, Mitra Tabrizian, Parviz Tanavoli and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.
 
Nazura Abdul Manap and Hossein Taji, Cyber Crimes: Lessons from the Legal Position of Malaysia and Iran. International Journal of Information and Electronics Engineering 2(3) 2012 abstract PDF
 
Malmir, Mahmoud, Organized Cyber-Crimes, An Approach on Islamic and Iranian Legal Systems. Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research 3(3) 2013 abstract PDF

Report: Supporting Internet Freedom: The Case of Iran

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Supporting Internet Freedom: The Case of Iran written by Sherry Ricchiardi, which "looks at the rapidly changing landscape for technology and the dichotomy for free expression in the country."

New Book: Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East

The book examines the evolving patterns of youth learning and activism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In today’s digital age, in which formal schooling often competes with the peer-driven outlets provided by social media, youth all over the globe have forged new models of civic engagement, rewriting the script of what it means to live in a democratic society. As a result, state-society relationships have shifted—never more clearly than in the MENA region, where recent uprisings were spurred by the mobilization of tech-savvy and politicized youth.

New Report: Liking Facebook in Tehran: Social Networking in Iran

The Iran Media Program, a project of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, released its report titled Liking Facebook in Tehran: Social Networking in Iran.

New Report: Whither Blogestan: Evaluating Shifts in Persian Cyberspace

The Iran Media Program, a project of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, released its report titled Whither Blogestan: Evaluating Shifts in Persian Cyberspace written by Laurent Giacobino, Arash Abadpour, Collin Anderson, Fred Petrossian, and Caroline Nellemann.

New Book: Persian Service: The BBC and British Interests in Iran

The book tracks the history of the BBC Persian Service, critically analysing both the assumptions that the BBC is a standard bearer for objective reporting and representations of it as a simple tool of Western interests. Also examining the history of relations between the Foreign Office and the BBC Persian Service, they demonstrate that these have never been pre-defined or rigid. Instead, they explore how both institutions have moved from an interest in what can crudely be called state-orchestrated 'propaganda' to a more subtle advocacy of fair and balanced journalism as the best agent of British values and influence.
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