Working Papers on New Media & Information Technology in the Middle East are preliminary formulations of new data and thinking from ongoing social science research on the economic, cultural, policy and social implications of new media, communication and information technologies in the contemporary Middle East.
- new data and findings from on-going social science research on uses and impacts of information technologies in work, leisure, education, commerce, media, development, local and regional identities, globalization and transnational ties in the Middle East
- about changing access to communications, production and consumption of media, the evolving political economy of telecommunications, policy issues, and the cultural registers of information technologies in the countries of the region and the Middle Easts overseas
- sponsored by the Arab Information Project at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Center for Middle East Studies of the University of Arizona
Our goal is to enhance the circulation of initial findings from specialist research, such as papers prepared for conferences and seminars but not yet finalized for publication.
Views expressed are those of the authors, who welcome feedback and comment, and do not necessarily reflect those of the sponsors. Please, contact the authors before citing these papers or for later versions of them.
NMIT Working Papers was created in 2000 to complement the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ “Arab Information Project,” itself established in 1995 following CCAS’s Twentieth Annual Symposium on “The Information Revolution in the Arab World,” held at Georgetown University. Its focus was the changing information cultures in the Arab world and manifold influences conveyed by new communications and information technologies – particularly the Internet, satellite television, and mobile phones and particularly into new media – across the region. AIP hosted follow-on conferences and workshops on Internet diffusion and policy issues, telecom reform, software development, technological convergences, the proliferation of new media and assessing their audiences, social movements and liberalization, IT and the next generation, including the evolution of IT policies in Egypt, Jordan and Syria by those countries’ ambassadors who were themselves pioneers in these developments. As AIP was intended as a gathering point for the evolution of critical interests, NMIT Working Papers was intended for airing early results of research on social, political, economic and cultural registers of NMIT implementations in the region. This new iteration is an upgrade of that effort to be a stop on the way to other forms of publication of research findings.
Queries about articles and submissions should be sent to the editors.