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
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Date Written: September 3, 2017
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.
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