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New Report: Archetypes of Iranian Internet Use

The study seeks to complement standard online research techniques by providing a richer picture of Iranian Internet users. The novel research method utilized in this study features 'archetypes' whose characteristics are described in vignettes, and who are defined based on their relationship with the Internet. Taking this approach, the study considers the Internet as an ecosystem, and works toward providing a more realistic narration of the diversity of Iranian Internet users and online environments.

Survey: Media Use in the Middle East

The Northwestern University in Qatar conducted its Media Use in the Middle East survey and made the findings available online on an interactive website. the survey covers eight countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the UAE.

Report: New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict

The International Peace Institute, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development, released its report titled New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict, edited by Francesco Mancini.

New Book: North Africa’s Arab Spring

This book addresses issues surrounding the evolution of the Arab Spring in North Africa. After a general introduction and explanation of the events on a region-wide basis, it turns to examine aspects of each of the countries concerned. The role of the Muslim Brotherhood during the Nasser regime and in the contemporary situation is compared, together with an analysis of the emergence of new political parties in Egypt. The book analyses the links between social media and satellite television during the revolution in Egypt. This is followed by a study of the intellectual and cultural background to the Tunisian revolution and an analysis of the new political parties in Tunisia. It also looks at the revolution process in Libya and concludes with a study of why there was no revolution in Algeria and how the Moroccan monarchy was able to sideline those who challenged it at the price of constitutional changes that are essentially cosmetic.

New Book: Digital Media and Reporting Conflict: Blogging and the BBC’s Coverage of War and Terrorism

This book explores the impact of new forms of online reporting on the BBC’s coverage of war and terrorism. Informed by the views of over 100 BBC staff at all levels of the corporation, Bennett captures journalists’ shifting attitudes towards blogs and internet sources used to cover wars and other conflicts. He argues that the BBC’s practices and values are fundamentally evolving in response to the challenges of immediate digital publication. Ongoing challenges for journalism in the online media environment are identified: maintaining impartiality in the face of calls for more open personal journalism; ensuring accuracy when the power of the "former audience" allows news to break at speed; and overcoming the limits of the scale of the BBC’s news operation in order to meet the demands to present news as conversation.

Book: Islamist Radicalisation in Europe and the Middle East: Reassessing the Causes of Terrorism

Are today's radicals tomorrow's extremists? Are adherents to Islamism necessarily extremist or violent? Most analyses of violence emanating from the Middle East or from Europe's Muslim communities tend to assume that this is the case. Not so in this book. The book, with a wide-ranging and case-by-case approach, examines the specific contexts of radicalism and asking what creates the conditions for radicalisation.

New Book: Transformations in Egyptian Journalism

The author considers emerging visions of journalism in Egypt. In this book she charts recent transformations in Egyptian journalism, exploring diverse approaches to converged media and the place of participatory cross-media networks in expanding and developing the country's body of professional journalists. She analyses journalists' initiatives for restructuring publicly-owned media and securing a safe and open environment in which to work.

Reporters Without Borders' Enemies of the Internet Report 2013

Reporters Without Borders releases its Enemies of the Internet 2013 Report. Special Edition: Surveillance, which focuses on "all the monitoring and spying" that is targeting dissidents, activists and citizens in general. Five countries identified as "State Enemies of the Internet" are Syria, China, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam. Five private-sector companies listed as "Corporate Enemies of the Internet" are Gamma, Trovicor, Hacking Team, Amesys and Blue Coat.

Report: Social Media, Employment and Entrepreneurship: New Frontiers for the Economic Empowerment of Arab Youth?

The Dubai School of Government released its report Social Media, Employment and Entrepreneurship: New Frontiers for the Economic Empowerment of Arab Youth?, which analyzes perceptions on the impact of social media usage on economic empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship in eight surveyed countries in the Arab region.
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