Anonymous, 11 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: activism
Diamond, Larry; Plattner, Marc F. (Eds.), Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy. The Johns Hopkins University Press abstract full text

Book: Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

The book's introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
Snider, Erin A.; Faris, David M., The Arab Spring: U.S. Democracy Promotion in Egypt. Middle East Policy Vol. 18, No. 3, Fall 2011 abstract full text

Campaign to Highlight Women's Rights in the Arab World

Within the campaign to highlight "the oppression of women in the Arab world", a Facebook page The uprising of women in the Arab world (intifada al-mar'a fi al-alam al-arabi) was launched. The page is "for all the women of the region from all religions and ethnicities". Some users posted their photos with statements explaining why they support the uprising of women in the Arab world.

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."

New Book: Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

The author reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States, and explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle.
Aday, Sean; Farrell, Henry; Lynch, Marc; Sides, John; Freelon, Deen, Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring. Peaceworks, Number 80, United States Institute of Peace, 2012 abstract PDF

New Report: Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring

This report analyzes the role of social media in the Arab Spring protests of 2011–12. It applies a five-level framework for studying and understanding the role of new media in political movements. The authors utilize a unique dataset from, the URL shortener commonly associated with Twitter and used by other digital media such as Facebook. With these data, the authors are able to test empirically the claims of “cyberoptimists” and “cyberskeptics” about the role of new media in bringing down autocratic regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya and in spurring protests in other parts of the Arab World, such as Bahrain.

MorsiMeter Monitors the Egyptian President's Election Promises

An Egyptian non-profit initiative Zabatak launched its Morsi Meter website to "monitor the performance of the recently elected president Mohamed Morsi by documenting what have been achieved as opposed to his promises." The website lists Morsi's 64 promises made during his election campaign, dividing them into five categories: security, traffic, bread, cleanliness and fuel. The project has been inspired by The Obameter run by
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