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ARTE TV's Project: The Arab World in Revolution(s)

ARTE TV launched its new online project The Arab World in Revolution(s) which includes special TV programmes (Arab cinema movies and documentaries), video portraits of citizens from the region, interviews, cartoons and blogs (like blog on Tunisia's elections).

Tunisian Blogger and Her Book on the Uprising

Tunisian blogger and activist Lina Ben Mhenni, whose blog was awarded the Best Blog by Deutsche Welle, has written a book about the events that resulted in the Tunisian uprising and the fall of Ben Ali's regime. The book in French language Tunisian Girl: Blogueuse pour un printemps arabe (Tunisian Girl: Blogger for an Arab Spring), is a personal account of the recent history of Tunisia. The book was published by Indigene Editions and later translated in several languages.

Islam, Citizenship and the New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Dec 18, 2011 – Dec 20, 2011
Cairo
Egypt
Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo
http://www.institutes.leiden.edu/nvic/
communication studies, media studies, information and communication technology, Islam, democracy, cultural studies, identity
p.c.baujard@nvic.leidenuniv.nl
Oct 1, 2011

Islam and Europe: Culture, History, Politics

Mar 8, 2012 – Mar 9, 2012
Canberra
Australia
Australian National University
http://cais.anu.edu.au/
Middle East, Islam, Europe, art, digital divide, democracy, public sphere
europe@anu.edu.au
Sep 1, 2011

Islam, Citizenship and New Media in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Dec 18, 2011 – Dec 20, 2011
Cairo
Egypt
The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC )
http://institutes.leiden.edu/nvic/conferences/conferences.html
Paulien Baujard
Islam and civil society, identity, Egypt, activism, Islam and politics, media studies, satellite TV, authority, Middle Eastern studies, blogs, social networks, public sphere, democracy
p.c.baujard@nvic.leidenuniv.nl
Jul 1, 2011

Recipe for Democratization: Strong Online Community and No Oil Money

In his blog post Who’s next? Digital media and the inevitable surprise of political unrest, Philip Howard looks at the recent wave of protests and uprisings in the Middle East and examines the prospects of future developments in the region. In this context he focuses on the relevancy of two factors: the existence and strength of online community and the dependence of counries' economies on oil and gas incomes. Philip Howard is also the author of a recently published book titled The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam.

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.

The Role of Digital Media in Political Changes

In his article for Miller-McCune, Philip N. Howard, the director of Project on Information Technology and Political Islam argues both the dangers of overemphasizing and ignoring the role of digital media in political change in Egypt and Tunisia. He describes the strategy of tech-savvy activists using these media, predicts its impact on future behaviour of the Middle Eastern rulers and indicates what the U.S. shall do to support the democratization in the region.

Viral Campaign to Encourage Moroccans to Join the Protests

In Morocco, an online video campaign was launched to encourage citizens to participate in protests planned on 20 February. Two videos feature people of various social background who explain why they will participate in "20 February protests" and what their demands are. Freedom, citizens' rights, dignity, no to corruption, no to police mistreatment and humiliation, accesible and quality education and health care, but also the recognition of Amazigh (Berber) as the second official language of the country.

Televised Discussion on the Power of Social Media

On 17 February, Al Jazeera English aired a televised discussion focused on the power and potential of social media. At Columbia Journalism School's Lecture Hall, Marwan Bishara, the host of Al Jazeera's Empire, talked to Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist; Amy Goodman, the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; Professor Emily Bell, the director of digital journalism at Columbia University; Evgeny Morozov, the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom; and Professor Clay Shirky, the author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.
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