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

Report: The Attitudes of Online Users in the MENA Region to Cybersafety, Security and Data Privacy

The Rassed research program at Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology released its report The Attitudes of Online Users in the MENA Region to Cybersafety, Security and Data Privacy. The study "benchmarks the experience of Internet users in the region against global users in five key areas: access to technology, attitudes towards the Internet, levels of concern, trust in online actors and user behaviors." The survey included 2,793 respondents from across 14 countries in the Middle East.

New Book: Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The book presents an insider's look into the world of cyber-warfare through the use of recent case studies. The book examines the issues related to cyber warfare not only from a computer science perspective but from military, sociological, and scientific perspectives as well. It shows how cyber-warfare has been performed in the past as well as why various actors rely on this new means of warfare and what steps can be taken to prevent it.

New Report: The Video Revolution

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled The Video Revolution written by Jane Sasseen. The report "traces the dramatic rise in the use of crowd-sourced video and examines how this is affecting the international news media landscape and offers recommendations for the media development community for harnessing the power–while mitigating the dangers­­–of citizen-shot video."

Reporters Without Borders' Internet Enemies Report 2012

Reporters Without Borders releases its "Internet Enemies Report 2012", a 72-page report focused on online freedom of expression and cyber censorship. Countries listed as "Internet Enemies" in 2012 are Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Countries “Under Surveillance” are Australia, Egypt, Eritrea, France, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates, while Libya and Venezuela had been dropped from the list.

New Book: Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom

Rebecca MacKinnon, a Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and co-founder of Global Voices Online has written a book titled "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom", in which she "investigates the corrosion of civil liberties by the governments and corporations that control the digital world." Rebecca MacKinnon talked about her book on the NPR's Morning Edition. She also recently appeared on Al Jazeera's Stream, where she discussed the ACTA issue.

Faith Based Internet Censorship in Majority Muslim Countries Report

The OpenNet Initiative published its report In the Name of God: Faith Based Internet Censorship in Majority Muslim Countries authored by Helmi Noman. The paper "analyzes the Internet censorship policies and practices of majority Muslim countries and finds that in many of these countries online information controls are primarily based on the Islamic faith and interpretations of its instructions."

Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunis

The 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting (AB11) is being held during 3-6 October in Tunis, organized by Heinrich Boell Foundation, Global Voices Online and Nawaat, a Tunisian collective blog. The objective of the event is "to enable face-to-face exchange, and to coach bloggers on how to leave their imprint on the international blogging sphere, make their voices heard, and to organize online and offline campaigns to pressure governments to stop censorship and restricting freedom of expression as well as build the mechanisms for debating transitional democracy, transparency and governance strategies."

Report on Online Security in the MENA Region

The report describes the results of a survey of 98 bloggers in the Middle East and North Africa carried out in May 2011 in order to study bloggers’ perceptions of online risk and the actions they take to address digital communications security, including both Internet and cell phone use. The survey was implemented in the wake of the Arab spring and documents a proliferation of online security problems among the respondents.

Freedom on the Net 2011 Report

Freedom House published its new report titled "Freedom on the Net 2011: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media Freedom" edited by Sanja Kelly and Sarah Cook, reviewing the degree of internet freedom around the world. The 400 page study provides detailed country reports, a numerical index covering 37 countries (amongst others incl. Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey), an analytical overview essay and accompanying graphics that highlight key findings and emerging threats to global digital media freedom.

Middle East and Western-Made Censorship Tools Report

The OpenNet Initiative published its report West Censoring East: The Use of Western Technologies by Middle East Censors, 2010-2011 authored by Helmi Noman and Jillian C. York. The paper "analyze the use of American- and Canadian-made software for the purpose of government-level filtering in the Middle East and North Africa." It provides a detailed list of software companies (including their policies towards the state censorship) and their products that prevent citizens from accessing the internet content.
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