NMIT Working Papers

Working Papers on New Media & Information Technology in the Middle East

The Spatial Politics of Leisure: Internet Use and Access in Tehran, Iran

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Farhang Rouhani, University of Arizona
Expanded from a paper delivered at Conference on the Diffusion of New Information Technology in the Middle East. Tucson, AZ. April 14-16, 2000.


A regular column featured in the now-defunct liberal Iranian newspaper, Azadegan, written by Hossein Derakhshian, focused on the Internet. It was a combination of answers to questions and reports of technological developments, but occasionally addressed social points as well. These social points included concerns over economic stagnation, language constraints, and the lack of Internet availability outside of Tehran (Azadegan, January 11, 2000:9, and January 15, 2000:9). In one column in particular, Derakhshian wrote coyly, “Have you ever thought about the connection between this Internet column and the Politics page? The less said on this topic the better….” (Azadegan, January 3, 2000) Without saying anything directly, Derakhshian was alluding to the complex politics of Internet use in contemporary Iranian society.

The politics of Internet use in Iran, and particularly the potential for the formation of a democratic public sphere through Internet use, revolve around questions of use, control, representation, and accessibility. Read the rest of this entry »

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Changing Media Habits and Entertainment Preferences In Morocco: An Inter-Generational Analysis

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008


Mark Tessler, University of Arizona.
Paper delivered at a conference on Diffusion of New Information Technology in the Middle East. Tucson, AZ. April 14-16, 2000.*

As in much of the Arab world, Morocco possesses a massive number of young men and women who are reaching adulthood and entering the social mainstream, or who have done so within the last decade. This cohort of young people, which may be described as a political generation, offers the country both hope and an important challenge.  It remains to be seen whether and if so how, the emerging political generation will differ from those that preceded it, and with what implications. The present research report seeks both to contribute some preliminary answers and to stimulate further inquiry and investigation. The first part of the paper summarizes the characteristics and formative experiences of Morocco’s next political generation. The second part presents the results of public opinion research carried out in Morocco in 1995-1996. Data from this research are used to compare the attitudes and behavior patterns of different age cohorts and also to examine normative cleavages within the younger generation. Read the rest of this entry »

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L’internet en Syrie

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Dr. Hasna Askhita, Assad National Library, Damascus
Paper delivered at the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions meeting on “Réseaux pour le développement des Bibliothèques dans les Etats Arabes.” Beirut, 2-4 March 2000. [English Translation Available]

SOMMAIRE: Pour le Dr. Hasna Askhita, l’internet, cette nouvelle technologie qui devient le moyen d’échange d’information le plus en croissance, constitue aujourd’hui la pierre angulaire des bibliothèques modernes. La Syrie a récemment rejoin la communauté internationale dans ce forum global pour fournir à son peuple la richesse d’information qui est contenu sur le Web. Cette présentation met rapidement en évidence l’importance de l’internet sur tous les aspects de la vie, particulièrement les bibliothèques modernes et l’économie. Elle présente également un aperçu de l’Internet en Syrie depuis les efforts de conscientisation qui ont été fourni avant l’entrée dans les phases de réalisation et les soubressauts à travers lesquels il est passé. Nous mentionnons aussi la liste et nous décrirons les principaux projets liés à l’Internet. Nous nous étendrons aussi sur le future du projet Internet et également sur les projets de certains établissements publics basés sur l’Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unscripted Television Programs and Corporate/State Concerns: The View from Nilesat

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

Jacob Arback, Business Research International
Paper delivered at a the Middle East Studies Association, November 1999.

My particular contribution today is to explore the Egyptian government’s role in the region’s exploding television market and its influence in shaping what goes on the air nationally. As someone who has been both an observer of the State’s Broadcasting sector throughout this decade and an inside advisor to some of its most visible television and satellite projects, I can at least offer my impressions from the Corporate perspective. My premise at the outset is that the proliferation and popularity of unscripted television in Egypt is a direct, if unintended result, of a very scripted media and telecommunications strategy on the part of the Egyptian government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome to NMIT Working Papers

Posted by meaningfulconnections on September 6, 2008

NMIT, a selection of “working” papers on new media and information technologies in the Middle East, has returned with

  • 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.

The goal of NMIT Working Papers is to enhance the circulation of initial findings Read the rest of this entry »

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