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Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
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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.

Socializing on the Internet: Case Study of Internet Use Among University Students in the United Arab Emirates

This paper analyzes socializing on the Internet and attitudes towards the Internet as a medium of social interaction among university students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It stems from a larger research project conducted at seven different institutions of higher education in the Abu Dhabi Emirate in Autumn 2009 through anonymous questionnaires. A total of 571 students (353 female, 183 male) participated in the survey. In this paper we present only a small portion of the data and focus on (1) the intensity and frequency of Internet use; (2) identity and gender hiding in the virtual environment; (3) meeting internet acquaintances in real life; and (4) attitudes towards the Internet as a medium for social interaction. Responses were cross-analyzed in light of the participants’ gender, age, and subjectively-perceived social status.

Contesting the Iraqi Flag

Since the fall of the Ba’ath regime, the Iraqi flag has become a contested symbol representing both the legacy of the old regime as well as the dissatisfaction with the occupation and current political process in the country. With all the attempts to change the flag, it seems that the legacy of Saddam will ironically linger through the words Allah Akbar. Even when we remind ourselves that these words were not patented by Saddam, this raises the question of identity of the new Iraqi state. The new design of the flag has changed from a secular ideological symbol (prior to 1991) into a symbol that represents the Islamic ideology of the new state and its Islamic majority alongside neighboring states with Muslim majorities. Rather than an attempt to find a common denominator that would unify the complex mosaic population of the country, the new design has ultimately marginalized the many non-Islamic minorities, including seculars, who believe in the separation of religion and state. The Iraqi Parliament’s decision to change the flag is not only a historical process, but a process that has caused a contentious reaction amongst Iraqis. Thus, in looking at the short history and genealogy of the process of the recently changed flag, one will better understand the change.
 
Martinkova, Libuse, Unsolicited Religious E-mail: Researching New Context of Religious Communication. Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2008 abstract full text

Unsolicited Religious E-mail: Researching New Context of Religious Communication

Most of the unsolicited e-mail is usually of business character and thus interpreted as something what teases and intrudes the privacy of mailboxes. However, specific number of the e-mails, labeled as spam, is represented by the messages with religious content. This paper deals with the descriptive typology of religious spam mail, distinguishing especially the missionary e-mails, chain letters and hoaxes in the new context of religious communication and the Internet. The study also tries to analyze the scheme of production and distribution of religious spam, including the impact to the recipients.
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