Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles

 

Follow DocuTicker on Twitter   Feed

Tuesday, 3rd June 2014

The Arab World Online 2014: Trends in Internet and Mobile Usage in the Arab Region

Source: Arab Social Media Report, Dubai School of Government

From the Introduction:

From less than 1 percent of the world connected to the Internet back in 1995, today the number of Internet users around the world are about to cross the 3 billion users milestone. Meanwhile, the world is about to cross 7 billion mobile subscriptions; almost matching the number of people of the planet. In the Arab region Internet connectivity has transformed the ways in which millions of people do business, learn, socialize and interact with government. While Arab internet users today make up less than 0.5 percent of the global Internet population at best, they have been growing at a faster than average rate in the range of 20 percent annually. Today, our research indicates that the Internet penetration rate in the Arab region as a whole stands at 36 percent. In comparison, around 40 percent of the World’s population is connected to the Internet.

With more than 135 million Internet users in the Arab region and more than 71 million of them actively using social media today, many aspects of Arab’s lives have been greatly impacted by increased internet penetration. Additionally, with around 400 million mobile devices, and millions of other Internet connected ‘things’ used in the Arab world, the proliferation of ubiquitous digital connectivity is creating new opportunities and challenges for governments, businesses and societies on the economic, social and policy levels. In addition to opening new markets, this critical mass of Internet and mobile users in the Arab region has provided the key foundations for ambitious service delivery initiatives; such as smart government, mobile government, smart cities and technology-enabled citizen engagement initiatives.

+ Direct link to document (PDF; 3.2 MB)


Category:

Source:


Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

More articles by Adrian Janes »



Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles

 

FreePint

FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »


FeedLatest FreePint Content:


  • Click to view the article The Risks of Digital Communication
    Friday, 3rd July 2015

    Bernadette John is an expert in digital professionalism. She explains why information professionals should be taking the lead in ensuring staff possess appropriate skills to be professional in the digital environment - and what can go wrong if they don't.

  • Click to view the article Reflecting on the FreePint Topic Series "Best Practices in Information Skills Development"
    Friday, 3rd July 2015

    As the FreePint Topic Series: Best Practices in Information Skills Development concludes, co-producers Sarah Huibregtse and Val Skelton highlight key themes that have emerged from the series. These include the evolution of the user, the constant shift of organisational priorities, needs analysis and development of objectives, skills development strategies, changes in delivery methods, and building partnerships. Additionally, some initial thoughts regarding the skills development strategy research are shared.

  • Click to view the article Results from FreePint Research into Skills Part 2 - What's On Offer
    Thursday, 2nd July 2015

    In part two of her analysis Robin Neidorf reports further on FreePint's research into how information professionals address skills development. She drills down into the findings to give detail on the scope of existing programmes to support information skills development, and the overall culture around development - with specific comments about development for information professionals and development for knowledge workers. Preference for different formats for training are highlighted as well as go-to sources for programmes and training.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »


A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.


FreePint Testimonials

"FreePint has lots of content that looks really interesting to read, I look forward to getting my teeth into it." Information Officer, Law firm

Read more testimonials and supply yours »







 

 
 
 

Subscribe

Receive the DocuTicker Newsletter each week.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »

Sources

All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »

Archive

All Archives »