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New Report: Freedom on the Net 2013

Freedom House released its new report titled Freedom on the Net 2013: A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media Freedom edited by Sanja Kelly, Mai Truong, Madeline Earp, Laura Reed, Adrian Shahbaz, and Ashley Greco-Stoner. The 880 page study covers 60 countries, including Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and others.

New Book: Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy

The book focuses on issues dealing with the political economy of revolt, youth, and cyberspace, and the rising significance of human rights and moral ideals for the younger generation. It analyzes regional tensions in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria and their consequences for US foreign policy in the MENA region. It covers the rise of Iran’s “Green Movement,” the “April 6 Movement” in Egypt, and the increasing significance of the role of women in the Arab Spring.

Book: From Tribe to Facebook: The Transformational Role of Social Networks

The book explores and analyzes the potential outcomes of the accelerated development of social networks. Their economic potential in general is discussed, as are their implications for the future of traditional media forms, both as sources of news and key platforms for shaping public opinion. It also explores the use of social networks by terrorists and organized criminal gangs – a trend which has not only led to the development of new forms of criminal activity, but also to the ‘globalization’ of crime – and examines the potential for new forms of ‘virtual’ conflict to arise, with the Internet as the battlefield, social networks as the weapons, and states and citizens as the combatants.

Report: Social Media in Ramadan

The Online Project, a social media agency based in Jordan, released its report titled Social Media in Ramadan: Exploring Arab User Habits on Facebook & Twitter. The report focuses on Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, KSA and the UAE, and includes several infographics.

Report: Profiles in Blogging: How Bloggers Around the World Practice Their Craft

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Profiles in Blogging: How Bloggers Around the World Practice Their Craft written by Christopher Connell. The paper features bloggers from Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Ghana, Yemen, Philippines, China, Nepal, and Cuba.

New Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies

The Journal of African Media Studies released its new issue (Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2013), edited by Winston Mano from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. This issue includes articles on the role of cyberactivism in Tunisian and Egyptian events of 2011, the BBC coverage of Somali piracy, and more.

New Report: Mapping Digital Media: Egypt

The Open Society Foundations released its report Mapping Digital Media: Egypt written by Rasha Abdulla. "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: Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

The book looks at the surge of entrepreneurship that has accompanied the recent uprisings in the Middle East, and why it's the new best place for Western investment and opportunity. The author sees major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, and Living Social making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region.
Jon W. Anderson, Online and Offline Continuities, Community and Agency on the Internet, CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, 2013
CyberOrient
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