The Arab Social Media Report, produced by the Dubai School of Government’s Governance and Innovation Program, is a recurring series that highlights and analyzes usage trends of online social networking across the Arab region. These reports analyze data on Facebook and Twitter users in all 22 Arab countries, in addition to Iran, Israel and Turkey. They highlight a specific theme in each issue (ranging from general social media usage trends, to the impact of social media on civil movements, and the role of social media in Arab women’s empowerment). This is part of a larger research initiative focusing on social engagement through ICT for better policy in Arab states, which explores the use of social networking services in governance, entrepreneurship promotion and social inclusion. The initiative also studies the potential of Web 2.0 applications for increasing collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation, both between and among government entities, citizens and the private sector.

ASMR in the Media

The 7th Arab Social Media Report: Social Media and the Internet of Things

Date: 5 February 2017, The influence of social media has continued to grow globally over the past decade During 2016 social media played a highly influential role in what has been described as a “post truth” era in policymaking diplomacy and political communication For example social media “bots” arguably played a key role in influencing public opinion globally whether on the political or public policy levels Such practices rely heavily on big data analytics artificial intelligence and...
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Engaging Citizens through Social Media - From Majlis to Hashtag: The UAE National Brainstorming Session case study

Date: 1 February 2015, The “UAE brainstorming session” initiative highly utilized the country’s solid information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure as well as the society’s strong social acceptance of ICTs especially social media networks in order to crowd-source solutions and ideas to enhance the quality of public services in both sectors Eventually thousands of people from all walks of life proactively and voluntarily took part by proposing more than 82 000 new ideas...
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