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Weaponizing Media and the Dangers of Subjective Truth: Reflections on the “Arab Media Between Conflict and Peace” panel

In contemporary conflicts, knowing the enemy—the first lesson in any war—has become elusive. With fewer boots on the ground, less interstate conflict, and more fractured and violent terrorist factions, knowing exactly who one is fighting has become increasingly difficult. Accordingly, information warfare, the control of the narrative, has arguably become …

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الإعلام والتحول الرقمي

مع التطورات التكنولوجية الهائلة والمتسارعة التي شهدها العالم في السنوات الأخيرة تضاعفت المعرفة البشرية، وتطورت وسائل وأساليب تعلمها وتعليمها وحفظها وتداولها. وقد أدى تغلغل التكنولوجيا الحديثة في كل المجالات إلى تغيير حاسم في طبيعة الخدمات والمنتجات والمعارف ومفهوم عنصر الزمن الذي يحكم كل ما يحدث من تطورات. وفي عام 2015 …

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Trump, Twitter, and Regulation of Big Tech: Perspectives from the Arab World

The suspension of the Twitter account of former U.S. president Donald Trump after violating the platform’s publishing policies brought forth significant controversy and aroused many questions about the right to freedom of expression and its boundaries, not only in the United States, but across the globe. In the Arab region, …

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Al Hayat Daily Adrift in a Sea of Media Sharks

It was the go-to pan-Arab newspaper that noted journalists, analysts, and anyone worth their salt wrote for, and that readers seeking professional reporting and deconstructing of events picked up for balanced coverage, diverse views, and hard-hitting editorials—all relatively speaking, of course. Quite a tall order for a daily in a …

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COLUMN | Qatar’s Costly Miscalculations

Tensions between Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council and other Arab countries resurfaced with a vengeance in May 2017. The latest escalation came in response to statements allegedly made by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in support of Iran as the region's power broker, and …

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