Anonymous, 3 Jun 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Internet

New Book: Deconstructing Islamophobia in Poland: Story of an Internet Group

The book analyses the interactions of Muslims and critics of Islam in the Internet with a focus on the way in which anti-Islamic rethorics is constructed and processed in a country where Muslims constitute less than 0.1% of the population.

New Report: Broadband Networks in the Middle East and North Africa: Accelerating High-Speed Internet Access

The report re-emphasizes the important contribution that broadband Internet can make and assesses the status of existing infrastructure in at least 18 MENA countries. It examines the regulatory and market bottlenecks that are hampering the growth of the Internet in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Djibouti and Yemen.

New Report: Unmasking the Arzeshi: Iran's Conservative Cyber-Activists and the 2013 Presidential Election

Small Media released its interactive report Unmasking the Arzeshi: Iran's Conservative Cyber-Activists and the 2013 Presidential Election that analyzes "the complicated online world of the Arzeshi - the Islamic Republic's most devoted conservative activists", incorporating over a million raw blog and website links, and thousands of social network activities.

New Book: Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice

This book examines how interactive technologies can be applied to teaching, research and the practice of communication. The book demonstrates how social media can be utilized in the classroom to build the skillsets of students going into journalism, public relations, integrated marketing, and other communications fields.

New Report: Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War

The United States Institute of Peace released a report that analyzes the role of social media in Syria's civil war. The report is titled Blogs and Bullets III: Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War and written by Marc Lynch, Deen Freelon and Sean Aday. It presents novel empirical research on Twitter conversations about Syria that demonstrates important new findings about differences across Arabic and English users, and about the emergence of distinct, insular clusters of discourse.
LeVine, Mark, Comment: Global Story. CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013 abstract full text
Sakr, Laila Shereen, A Digital Humanities Approach: Text, the Internet, and the Egyptian Uprising. Middle East Critique. Special Issue: The Arab Uprisings of 2011. Vol. 22, Iss. 3, 2013 abstract full text

New Book: Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

The author focuses largely on the years between 1998 and 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics. While it tempers celebratory claims that have dominated assessments of the Iranian Internet, Electronic Iran is ultimately optimistic in its outlook. As it exposes and assesses overlooked aspects of the Iranian Internet, the book sketches a more complete map of its dynamic landscape, and suggests that the transformative powers of digital media can only be developed and understood if attention is paid to both the specificities of new technologies as well as the local and transnational contexts in which they appear.

New Report: Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia

The Iran Media Program, a project of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, released its report titled Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia written by Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri.
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