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Report: Urbanization, Mobile Phones, and Digital Media Trends in Africa

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Bigger Cities, Smaller Screens: Urbanization, Mobile Phones, and Digital Media Trends in Africa written by Adam Clayton Powell III from the University of Southern California. The report "traces the dramatic spread of mobile telephony in Africa and examines how this is affecting the news media landscape on the continent."

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."

Iran Media Use 2012 Poll

The BBG (The Broadcasting Board of Governors) released the findings of its Iran Media Use 2012 report, a poll conducted by Gallup during telephone interviews with 2,000 subjects from all 31 of the country’s provinces during March. The report uses charts to show "how Iranians use television, radio, and digital media."

Report: An Explosion of News: The State of Media in Afghanistan

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled An Explosion of News: The State of Media in Afghanistan written by Peter Cary. The report "describes and analyzes the evolving landscape for media in Afghanistan", and focuses in detail on radio stations, TV channels, print, Internet and cellphones.

New Book: Muslims and the New Media: Historical and Contemporary Debates

The book explores how the introduction of the latest information and communication technologies are mirroring changes and developments within society, as well as the Middle East's relationship to the West. Examining how reformist and conservative Muslim 'ulama' have discussed the printing press, photography, the broadcasting media (radio and television), the cinema, the telephone and the Internet, case studies provide a contextual background to the historical, social and cultural situations that have influenced theological discussions; focusing on how the 'ulama' have debated the 'usefulness' or 'dangers' of the information and communication media.

Tahrir Protests in iPhone Game

iPharaohs company released a game for iPhones and iPads, inspired by the Egyptian uprising in January/February 2011. The game titled Egyptian Revolution (25 Jan) was developed by Ahmed T. Nabarawy. It can be played in two modes: protesters or police. The game is available at iTunes.

New Book: Technology and National Identity in Turkey: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation

In this book Burce Celik argues that technology has been integral to the transformative process, showing how take-up of modern technologies, such as the cell or mobile phone, has been embraced particularly by those who most easily absorbed new ideals about Turkey and modern Turkishness. Celik draws on cultural theory, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of technology to explore the bonds, desires and dependencies that Turkish citizens have in relation to the cell phone.
 
Radsch, Courtney C., Assessing the economic impact of the Egyptian uprising. Arab Media and Society, Issue 13, 2011 abstract full text PDF

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.

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

This collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone technologies for social change provides an analysis of the socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. The essays address a broad range of issues including inequalities in access to technology based on gender, rural and urban usage, as well as offering practical examples of how activists are using mobile technology to organise and document their experiences. They provide an overview of the lessons learned in making effective use of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often associated with the use of new technologies for social change.
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