Anonymous, 3 Jun 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Pakistan

New Report: PakVotes: A Social Media Experiment in Elections Monitoring

The United States Institute of Peace released a brief PakVotes: A Social Media Experiment in Elections Monitoring authored by Nadia Naviwala. The report analyzes the effectiveness of PakVotes, an experimental project run by a Pakistani NGO and supported by USIP, that brought social media platforms together with a network of reporters to track violence during Pakistan’s 2013 elections.

Book: Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

The book explores the global impact of the protests across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011, both in terms of their ideological influence on opposition groups and the prospects for democratic transition in a variety of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian governments. Examining states at the heart of the uprisings, such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in addition to other Middle Easter states, like Iran, as well the Asian states of China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, this book concentrates upon 'democratization' as the central theme.

New Book: Music, Culture and Identity in the Muslim World: Performance, Politics and Piety

This book explores Islam's extraordinarily rich cultural and artistic diversity, showing how sound, music and bodily performance offer a window onto the subtleties and humanity of Islamic religious experience. Through a wide range of case studies from West Asia, South Asia and North Africa and their diasporas - including studies of Sufi chanting in Egypt and Morocco, dance in Afghanistan, and "Muslim punk" on-line - the book demonstrates how Islam should not be conceived of as being monolithic or monocultural, how there is a large disagreement within Islam as to how music and performance should be approached, and how important cultural activities have been, and continue to be, for the formation of Muslim identity.

New Report: Mapping Digital Media: Pakistan

The Open Society Foundations released its report Mapping Digital Media: Pakistan written by Huma Yusuf. "The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs."

Book: Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012)

The book analyzes the exercise of British ‘soft power’ through the BBC’s foreign language services, and the diplomatic role played by their diasporic broadcasters. The book offers the first historical and comparative analysis of the ‘corporate cosmopolitanism’ that has characterized the work of the BBC’s international services since the inception of its Empire Service in 1932 – from radio to the Internet.

New Book: InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen

This collection of original essays is concerned with understanding how people are making meaning from the new media and how subaltern tinkering (pirating, peer to peer file sharing, hacking, noise jamming, indymedia, etc.) does things to and in the new media. This exciting works helps us to make sense of the creation of new publics, new affects and new experiences of pleasure and value in convergences of intermedia in a fast developing South Asia context.

Across Cultural Divides: Data Protection and Islam

Prof. Joe Cannataci has co-edited a special issue on "Across cultural divides; Data Protection and Islam" of the Journal "Information and Communications Technology Law", published by Taylor and Francis under the Routledge imprint. The issue contains five articles dealing with the highly topical and mostly neglected problematics of data protection in the Muslim world.
Wolcott, Peter; Goodman, Seymour, The Internet in Turkey and Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis. Stanford, CA: Center for International Security and Co-operation, Stanford University, December 2000 abstract full text
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