Surveying media use in the Middle East

Since the uprisings of the Arab Spring and the resulting spike of social media as a communication tool, media consumption in the Middle East has gone through rapid and unpredictable changes. To keep up with these changes and systematically assess their evolution, Northwestern University in Qatar began an annual survey in 2013 titled Media Use… Continue reading Surveying media use in the Middle East

Adapting to online propaganda in Iran

Iranian government propaganda is adapting to the digital age. A recent outpouring of videos released on Apparat (an Iranian version of Youtube) demonstrates the new role technology is playing in spreading the message of the far right within the country. While the content of the videos vary, the general message remains consistent: American foreign policy… Continue reading Adapting to online propaganda in Iran

How Technology is Making Humanitarian Aid More Transparent

A New Way to Distribute Aid Earlier this month Start Network, an organization comprised of 42 aid agencies, announced a partnership with a new foreign aid distribution platform, Disberse. Disberse started last year as a platform for donors, governments and NGOs to more effectively track where their funds and resources are being implemented. Through a… Continue reading How Technology is Making Humanitarian Aid More Transparent

How Tech Companies are Combating Extremism Online

Recently, Facebook announced its plan to crack down on online in extremism. In partnership with the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK, the plan involves innovative technology to combat hate speech as well as taking on 3,000 more hirees specifically employed to review and act on reports of extremism. Other tech companies like Google… Continue reading How Tech Companies are Combating Extremism Online

Refugees and tech – what works and what doesn’t?

In our post last Wednesday we talked about the tech industry’s response to the refugee crisis. While many of these initiatives have made headlines, not everyone is sold on the solutions. Today we wanted to explore some of these issues.   Last month the UNHCR published an article entitled, “Is your app the best way… Continue reading Refugees and tech – what works and what doesn’t?