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Arab Social Media Report

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.

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