Anonymous, 11 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Kenya

New Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies

The Journal of African Media Studies released its new issue (Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2015), edited by Winston Mano from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. This issue includes articles on conflict journalism, street artists' resistance, social media use during the elections, and more.

New Book: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa

The book casts a critical look at Africa's rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following political liberalization, media deregulation, and the proliferation of new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to tension, conflict, and even violence. Showing how media are rarely neutral vehicles of expression, the contributors to this multidisciplinary volume analyze the mutual imbrications of media and religion during times of rapid technological and social change in various places throughout Africa.

New Book: Journalism and Social Media in Africa: Studies in Innovation and Transformation

This book documents the fast evolving invention of the relationship between the millions of social media and mobile phone users around Africa and traditional purveyors of news. Whilst social media demonstrates an unprecedented ability for the politically engaged to both bypass and influence traditional information flows, it also faces unique circumstances through much of Africa. Signs of social change brought by mobile technology are evident around the continent, raising questions about the nature of information exchange and citizenship. Working from a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the contributors to this collection address key questions emerging from rapid communication change in Africa. This book reveals how new, participatory, interactive communications technologies are enabling new tellings of Africa’s stories.

Book: Online Journalism in Africa: Trends, Practices and Emerging Cultures

The book provides contextually rooted discussions of trends, practices, and emerging cultures of web-based journalism(s) across the continent, offering a comprehensive research tool that can both stand the test of time as well as offer researchers (particularly those in the economically developed Global North) models for cross-cultural comparative research. The essays here deploy either a wide range of evidence or adopt a case-study approach to engage with contemporary developments in African online journalism.
 
Meiera, Patrick, Crisis Mapping in Action: How Open Source Software and Global Volunteer Networks Are Changing the World, One Map at a Time. In Journal of Map and Geography: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections and Archives Libraries; Volume 8, Issue 2, 2012 abstract full text PDF

New Book: Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

The book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking Civil Society Organizations, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
 
Diamond, Larry; Plattner, Marc F. (Eds.), Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy. The Johns Hopkins University Press abstract full text

Book: Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

The book's introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.

New Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies Focuses on the Media Coverage of "the War on Terror" in Africa

The Journal of African Media Studies released its new issue (Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2012), edited by Winston Mano from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. This issue focuses on the media coverage of "the war on terror" in Africa.
 
Chesworth, John, A study of selected Islamic Internet Sites in East Africa. Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2007 abstract full text PDF
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