The use of the Internet and communication technology is growing rapidly, perhaps more so in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region than anywhere else.
Alongside this, recent political changes in the region have resulted in an on-going global interest in how communication technology is used in the Middle East, as well as contributed to a renewed emphasis on the of the Arabic language in many parts of the region.
Arguably moves to compile an Arabic E-Dictionary, through to initiatives such as “Let’s Tweet in Arabic” and Yahoo’s purchase of the Arabic translator start-up Yamli, can all trace their origins back to the events of the past 18 months.
Understanding the legal, social, and political implications of this digital evolution is of interest to a wide range of different audiences. This includes businesses, social scientists and civil society groups, as well as Governments.
But finding a good repository of editorially neutral information is not always easy. We plan to produce a regular “Digital Digest” – like the one below – to help redress this challenge.
Each “Digital Digest” will share with you some of the key digital developments from across the region, whilst also highlighting global trends which may impact on Qatar and the wider MENA region at a later date.
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