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 – Towards Data-Driven Policymaking in the Arab World: Potential, Limits and Concerns

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…
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MBRSG’s Governance and Innovation Program launches ‘UAE Social Media Outlook 2014’ at the Emirati Media Forum

Date: 24 November 2014, This report is produced by the MBRSG’s Governance and Innovation Programme in partnership with the Dubai Press Club (DPC) It makes use of numerous studies conducted by the Programme – including the Arab Social Media Report Series – to analyse the impact of social media on citizen engagement in the UAE…
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