Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age

CIRS Summary Report No. 22 (2017)

36 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2020

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Ilhem Allagui

American University of Sharjah

Haya Al Noaimi

SOAS - University of London

Jon Anderson

University of Minnesota - Morris

Zahra Babar

Georgetown University

Shahd Dauleh

Northwestern University - Northwestern University in Qatar

Marion Desmurger

United Nations - Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

John A. Downing

Iowa State University

Muzammil Hussain

Government College of Commerce

Mehran Kamrava

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar

Joe Khalil

Northwestern University - Northwestern University in Qatar

Gholam Khiabany

University of London

Dionysis Markakis

Queen Mary University of London

Suzi Mirgani

Center for International and Regional Studies

Mark Allen Peterson

Miami University of Ohio

Damian Radcliffe

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication; Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies; The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University

Vit Sisler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Annabelle Sreberny

SOAS University of London

Daniel Varisco

Qatar University

Elizabeth Wanucha

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies

Ingmar Weber

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof

University of Wollongong

Norhayati Zakaria

Saudi Elactronic University

Mohamed Zayani

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Valbona Zenku

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Date Written: September 3, 2017

Abstract

In recent years, the Middle East’s information and communication landscape has changed dramatically. Increasingly, states, businesses, and citizens are capitalising on the opportunities offered by new technologies, the fast pace of digitisation, and enhanced connectivity. These changes are far from turning Middle Eastern nations into network societies, but their impact is significant. The growing adoption of a wide variety of technologies in everyday life has given rise to complex dynamics that beg for a better understanding. Digital Middle East sheds a critical light on the continuing changes closely intertwined with the adoption of information and communication technologies in the region. Drawing on case studies from throughout the Middle East, the contributors explore how these digital transformations are playing out in the social, cultural, political, and economic spheres, exposing the various disjunctions and discordances that have marked the advent of the digital Middle East.

Keywords: Middle East, communication, technology, media, politics

Suggested Citation

Allagui, Ilhem and Al Noaimi, Haya and Anderson, Jon and Babar, Zahra and Dauleh, Shahd and Desmurger, Marion and Downing, John A. and Hussain, Muzammil and Kamrava, Mehran and Khalil, Joe and Khiabany, Gholam and Markakis, Dionysis and Mirgani, Suzi and Peterson, Mark Allen and Radcliffe, Damian and Sisler, Vit and Sreberny, Annabelle and Varisco, Daniel and Wanucha, Elizabeth and Weber, Ingmar and Mohd Yusof, Shafiz Affendi and Zakaria, Norhayati and Zayani, Mohamed and Zenku, Valbona, Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age (September 3, 2017). CIRS Summary Report No. 22 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3447025

Ilhem Allagui (Contact Author)

American University of Sharjah ( email )

P.O.Box 26666 Sharjah UAE
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Haya Al Noaimi

SOAS - University of London ( email )

SOAS - University of London
School of Finance and Management, Thornhaugh Stree
London,, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Jon Anderson

University of Minnesota - Morris

109 Camden Hall
Morris, MN 56267
United States

Zahra Babar

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Shahd Dauleh

Northwestern University - Northwestern University in Qatar ( email )

Suite 3226, Carnegie Mellon Building
Education City
Doha, Qatar
Qatar

Marion Desmurger

United Nations - Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ( email )

7, Place de Fontenoy
Paris 07 SP, 75352
France

John A. Downing

Iowa State University

613 Wallace Road
Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

Muzammil Hussain

Government College of Commerce

Chittagong
Bangladesh

Mehran Kamrava

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar ( email )

Doha, DC 20057
Qatar

HOME PAGE: http://cirs.georgetown.edu

Joe Khalil

Northwestern University - Northwestern University in Qatar ( email )

Suite 3226, Carnegie Mellon Building
Education City
Doha, Qatar
Qatar

Gholam Khiabany

University of London ( email )

Senate House
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

Dionysis Markakis

Queen Mary University of London ( email )

Mile End Rd
Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
United Kingdom

Suzi Mirgani

Center for International and Regional Studies ( email )

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha, 23689
Qatar

HOME PAGE: http://cirs.georgetown.edu/

Mark Allen Peterson

Miami University of Ohio

Oxford, OH 45056
United States

Damian Radcliffe

University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication ( email )

1280 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://journalism.uoregon.edu/member/radcliffe-damian/

Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/201298-radcliffe-damian

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism part of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

HOME PAGE: http://towcenter.org/academics/damian-radcliffe/

Vit Sisler

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Annabelle Sreberny

SOAS University of London ( email )

Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Daniel Varisco

Qatar University ( email )

College of Law
Qatar University
Doha, 2713
Qatar

Elizabeth Wanucha

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies ( email )

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha, 23689
Qatar

Ingmar Weber

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) ( email )

Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof

University of Wollongong ( email )

Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Norhayati Zakaria

Saudi Elactronic University ( email )

jeddah
Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Zayani

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar ( email )

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha
Qatar

Valbona Zenku

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar ( email )

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha
Qatar

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