Survey Tool en Media (R)evolutions: Media use in the Middle East <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Also available in:  <a href="" rel="nofollow">Français</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">العربية</a> <br /><br /><strong>New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>People, Spaces, Deliberation</strong></a><strong> brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.</strong><br />   <div> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="200" src="" style="float:right" title="Arne Hoel / World Bank" width="300" /></a></div> <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Digital divides are narrowing between generations and social classes within countries in the Middle East</a>, according to a report published by the Northwestern University in Qatar in partnership with Doha Film Institute. This six-nation (Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates) survey provides a comprehensive overview of media use in the region. Here are some of the findings of the report: <ul><li> <strong>“Cultural attitudes</strong> <ul><li> A majority of nationals in all six countries want more entertainment media based on their culture and history, ranging from 52% of Tunisians to 80% of Qataris.</li> <li> Use of entertainment media in Arabic is widespread, but use of English is much lower and—in some countries—declining. Only about four in 10 nationals watch films or access the internet in English. Majorities of nationals consume entertainment content from Arab countries, while consumption of film, TV, and music from the U.S. decreased since 2014.</li> </ul></li> <li> <strong>Censorship and regulations</strong> <ul><li> Three in 10 internet users worry about governments checking their online activity, a slight decline from 2013 and 2015.</li> <li> A majority of nationals supports the freedom to express ideas online even if they are unpopular (54%).</li> </ul></li> <li> <strong>Online &amp; Social Media</strong> <ul><li> About eight in 10 national internet users in the region use Facebook and WhatsApp, the dominant social media platforms.</li> <li> From 2013 to 2016, internet penetration rose in all six countries surveyed, but most dramatically in Egypt, as well as Lebanon.</li> <li> Nearly all nationals in Arab Gulf countries use the internet.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p> </div></div></div> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:30:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7654 at Web 2.0 for Development Professionals Part 2: Innovative Uses of Existing Cloud Services <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><P><IMG height=186 alt="" hspace=0 src="" width=280 align=left border=0>In my <A href="" target=_blank>last blog</A> I wrote about some useful cloud based services that could be used by development professionals for their convenience, and also for understanding the broader implications of moving towards the cloud.&nbsp; Today we will look at some innovative uses of cloud services.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>A service or a tool is only as good as the use you make of it.&nbsp; Two interesting uses of cloud services are the use of Google Docs to do surveys, and the potential for real time collaboration.&nbsp;</div></div></div> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:11:35 +0000 Tanya Gupta 5816 at