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Tuesday, April 8 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Social Media Use in the Arab World

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In the past few years social media have been used in a wide variety of ways in the Arab region, whether to rally people around social causes and political campaigns, boost citizen journalism and civic participation, create a forum for debate and interaction between governments and their communities, or to enhance innovation and collaboration within government. For example, The Dubai School of Government’s July 2012 report entitled “Social Media in the Arab World: Influencing Societal and Cultural Change” provides a comprehensive review of social media use in the Middle East. The document includes several charts reflecting survey results. One chart notes that 75 percent of Saudi Arabs and 71 percent of Emiratis believe that their contribution to society has increased through using social networking tools. This panel explores how social media are being used in some Arab world countries and what impact they have on the people and institutions.
Moderator: Douglas Boyd, University of Kentucky
Panelists: Hussein Y. Amin, The American University in Cairo; Development of Satirical News Programs and their Impact on Arab Audiences
Hesham Mesbah, Rollins College; Goals and Obstacles for Independent Arab YouTube Broadcasters: In-Depth Interviews
Naila Hamdy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt; Social Media Content Flow to Television in Egypt
Yousef Al-Failakawi, Kuwait University; Instagram Usage among Young Kuwaitis

Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Pavilion 10

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