Anonymous, 16 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: cyberactivism

New Book: The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

The book compiles cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media. Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

New Report: Documenting the Virtual ‘Caliphate’

Quilliam Foundation released its new report titled Documenting the Virtual ‘Caliphate’ written by Charlie Winter. The report is based upon an exhaustive 30 day survey of Islamic State propaganda conducted across the Islamic month of Shawwal (17 July 2015 – 15 August 2015). A unique methodology was used to compile an archive comprising of a total of 1146 separate propaganda “events” – discrete batches of media from videos and photo essays to audio statements and songs sung a cappella.

New Book: Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia

The book narrates the story of the co-evolution of technology and society in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab uprisings. It explores the emergence of a digital culture of contention that helped networked publics negotiate their lived reality, reconfigure power relations, and ultimately redefine the locus of politics. It broadens the focus from narrow debates about the role that social media played in the Arab uprisings toward a fresh understanding of how changes in media affect the state-society relationship over time. Based on extensive fieldwork, in-depth interviews with Internet activists, and immersive analyses of online communication, this book draws our attention away from the tools of political communication and refocuses it on the politics of communication.

Winners of The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards 2015

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, announced the winners of its annual The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards. Its Freedom of Speech Award went to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. There were also three Jury Awards categories (Social Change, Privacy & Security, and Arts & Media) and 14 language-specific People Choice awards.

Book: Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web

The book examines the impact of new technologies on political organizing and protest across the political spectrum, from the Arab Spring to artists to far-right groups. Linking new information and communication technologies to possibilities for solidarity and action—as well as surveillance and control—in a context of global capital flow, war, and environmental crisis, the contributors to this volume provide nuanced analyses of the dramatic transformations in media, citizenship, and social movements taking place today.

CFP: Special Issue of CyberOrient: Problematizing Cyber Wars

CyberOrient : Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East
http://www.cyberorient.net/detail.do?articleId=3682
Helga Tawil-Souri
Middle Eastern studies, conflict, Internet studies, cyberactivism, social networks, virtual worlds, activism, Internet, Middle East, media studies, communication studies
helga@nyu.edu
Sep 30, 2014

Book: Social Media During the Egyptian Revolution: A Study of Collective Identity and Organizational Function of Facebook & Co

This study identifies and analyses mechanisms of use and potential intermediary effects of social media in connection with other driving factors of mass demonstrations that led to the fall of the Mubarak regime in early 2011. Semi-structured focus interviews were carried out with social media activists in Cairo between November 20th and 24th, 2011. The qualitative content analysis of eight interviews allowed for the identification of relevant categories and sub-categories as well as possible connections between them. Additionally, a thorough analysis of the Egyptian socio-economic, political and media system in the years leading up to the revolution provides the basis for valuable and contextual conclusions.
 
Naasir Kamaal Khan, Taxonomy of Cyber Crimes and Legislation in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Engineering and Technology (IJARCET) 1(8) 2012 abstract PDF
 
Maghaireh, Alaeldin, Shariah Law and Cyber-Sectarian Conflict : How can Islamic Criminal Law respond to cyber crime?. International Journal of Cyber Criminology 2(2) 2008 abstract PDF

Book: Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web

This volume examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life.
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