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The Arab World Has Tech Talent To Sustain It Beyond The Clones

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This is a guest post by Mehrunisa Qayyum, a consultant on the Middle East / North Africa region, founder of PitaPolicy and Huffington Post Blogger. “Here’s a mobile app that rates the restaurant/bar/club based on the how many attractive women are there,” explained an Arab Net Summit attendee to me...
The Arab World Has Tech Talent To Sustain It Beyond The Clones
Future Members Of The League Of Extraordinary Women? Meet 3 Teenage Techies From The Middle East

Sultan Al Qassemi: Tweeting revolutions, 140 characters at a time

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Sultan Al Qassemi introduces himself using his full name, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. He says, “It’s always better if you use my late father’s name, because there are so many Sultan Al Qassemis.” The United Arab Emirates-based businessman and writer is best known for his role on Twitter, curating and...
Sultan Al Qassemi: Tweeting revolutions, 140 characters at a time

How a 14-Minute Video Can Trigger Violence Abroad

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A perceived cozy relationship between the U.S. government and Internet companies doesn't help. One of the more perplexing questions that still remains on the protests gripping the Arab world this week is how, exactly, some shoddy, contrived, melodramatic footage disdainful of Muhammad came to stand as proxy for U.S. opinion...
How a 14-Minute Video Can Trigger Violence Abroad

Kuwait's Decision To Jail People For 'Insulting' Tweets Sets A Dangerous Precedent

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Kuwait has generally been a much more open and free society than some of its neighbors in the region, but there's been troubling news lately concerning the decision to put a man in jail for two years for a tweet "insulting the emir" followed quickly by another man getting the...
Kuwait's Decision To Jail People For 'Insulting' Tweets Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Entrepreneur sees tech startup potential in Arab world

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Progress in Technology Middle East seeks to foster Silicon Valley connections for Mideast startups, including one that turns Muslim prayer into an app. [Read more]...
Entrepreneur sees tech startup potential in Arab world

From The Heart Of Beirut, Startup Accelerator Seeqnce Plans To Thrive

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If you were going to choose an interesting place to run an accelerator program for startups, Beirut would probably be one place you’d pick. I recently travelled to the city to meet with Seeqnce, a unique project which hopes to woo the Lebanese diaspora – spread throughout the world...
From The Heart Of Beirut, Startup Accelerator Seeqnce Plans To Thrive

Report On Internet Freedom Shows We're Seeing Less And Less Of It

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During the revolutions in the Arab World since December 2010, standing government's fates were determined partly by the ability of their people to communicate via online tools and mobile phones. Whenever an uprising started in a new territory, dictators and government officials scrambled to halt the ability for protestors to communicate...
Report On Internet Freedom Shows We're Seeing Less And Less Of It
Hello world: meet قلب, a programming language based on Arabic script
The New Middle East: Women at the Center of a Startup Ecosystem, Pt. 3

Can Facebook Get China Back?

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Facebook has been banned in China for about three years now but it will likely make an effort to take advantage of the half a billion Chinese Internet users this year. The social network will become a publicly traded company in May on its road to world domination, and...
Can Facebook Get China Back?

500 Startups Backs First Middle Eastern Startup, Jeeran, A Yelp For The Arab World

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Earlier this year, young venture capital fund and startup accelerator 500 Startups announced some changes that indicated its intent to move beyond adolescence into adulthood, and expand its scope beyond the U.S. The firm raised a new, bigger fund, added new partners, and increase its focus on identifying and investing...
500 Startups Backs First Middle Eastern Startup, Jeeran, A Yelp For The Arab World
Fast Chat: Biden’s Gay Marriage Maneuver, Twitter as International News Source

When the cybermen serve as censors

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We can't rely on YouTube and co to stand up for free speechThe first thought to strike anyone stumbling upon the now-infamous Innocence of Muslims video on YouTube without knowing anything about it would probably be that it makes Monty Python's The Life of Brian look like the work of...
When the cybermen serve as censors

Innocence Of Muslims Maker Produces Acting Waiver Signed By Cindy Garcia

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The saga of Cindy Garcia and her attempt to get The Innocence Of Muslims trailer off of YouTube continues. If you'll recall, Garcia is one of the actresses who performed in the controversial almost-film "Innocence of Muslims", which sparked protests throughout the Arab world. Since the protests and media blitz...
Innocence Of Muslims Maker Produces Acting Waiver Signed By Cindy Garcia

Yahoo! Licenses Platform To Reach Out To The Arab Web

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We’re currently used to more drama-oriented stories coming out of Yahoo!, but that doesn’t mean business hasn’t entirely halted there. Yamli is a service which offers a smart Arabic keyboard that allows users who type in Latin characters to find -in real-time – the most accurate equivalent Arabic term. It...
Yahoo! Licenses Platform To Reach Out To The Arab Web

There was no startup scene in Jordan four years ago, but now it's thriving. Here's why...

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Editor’s note: While working at Buzzcar (Zipcar founder Robin Chase’s project in France) as community manager, Aline Mayard decided to go explore the Middle East. She quit her job, and starting investigating society, innovation and change there on her travel blog: yallabye.eu. She’s sharing what she’s learned about local Web ecosystems on...
There was no startup scene in Jordan four years ago, but now it's thriving. Here's why...

Markets, diasporas and social networks in Lebanon

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Despite their mere 110,000 km2 and 10 million inhabitants, Cubans used to joke 30 years ago that they had the largest country in the world: our population is in Miami, our army is in Angola, and our capital is in Moscow, they’d say. In some ways, Lebanon’s situation (10,000 km2,...
Markets, diasporas and social networks in Lebanon

The Ascent Of The Arab Startup

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When I arrived in Dubai in late 2009, Maktoob was all the rage. The Internet portal, founded in Jordan 11 years earlier, had hit the big time with the kind of exit that technology ventures dream of. In August 2009, a couple months before I arrived, Yahoo! had acquired Maktoob...
The Ascent Of The Arab Startup

Arab World Social Innovation Forum - Roll Up Your Sleeves!

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Arab World Social Innovation Forum - Roll Up Your Sleeves!

Middle East memes: a guide | Jillian C York

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They require humour and a strong sense of culture, so little wonder the Arab spring has been such fertile ground for memesThe rapid changes sweeping the Arab world have all too often been attributed to the internet, with pundits crediting the uprisings to various social networks. With an ever-growing critical...
Middle East memes: a guide | Jillian C York

Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression raided, 12 bloggers and activists arrested

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Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi, whose arrest last December sparked an online outcry, has once again been arrested. After being charged with several ‘crimes’ in December, each of which could result in a 15 year prison sentence, Ghazzawi was released just under a week later, although there was no mention of...
Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression raided, 12 bloggers and activists arrested

UAE Clamps Down On The Internet

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As we recently discussed, the world is seeing what amounts to a global clamp down on internet freedom, spurred in part (but not entirely) by the various revolutions that have occurred in the Arab World over the past several years. Having said that, not all restrictive censoring governments are created...
UAE Clamps Down On The Internet

$125,000 in loans made to young Arab entrepreneurs through micro-lending site Kiva to be matched

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Online microlender, Kiva, has announced a partnership with Qatar-based Silatech, an organization which promotes and supports entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Kiva, a platform similar to Kickstarter in its approach, crowdsources micro-loans, connecting lenders with entrepreneurs. Kiva lenders can contribute as little as $25 to a startup. With over 700,000 users on Kiva...
$125,000 in loans made to young Arab entrepreneurs through micro-lending site Kiva to be matched

Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book

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dapd Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth. Corporate Intelligence reviewed preliminary galleys of Schmidt’s new book, “The New Digital Age,” (Random House) which debuts in April. And Schmidt’s views on China stand out the strongest amid often predictable techno-utopian...
Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book

Facebook's New Policies Make Harassment Easy

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North Africa has become a testing ground for a new sort of online harassment, and ReadWriteWeb is in the middle of it. Groups of Islamists are using the proliferation of Facebook's public pages to single out users they consider ideologically unorthodox (a broad category indeed by their definition) and then...
Facebook's New Policies Make Harassment Easy

Twitter Gives Muslims A Voice, A (Seriously) Funny Voice #MuslimRage

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I’m having such a good hair day. No one even knows. #MuslimRage — Hend (@LibyaLiberty) September 17, 2012 Muslims found an unlikely opening to voice their opposition to mainstream stereotypes, exploiting a social media misstep by Newsweek‘s inflammatory cover on Muslim violence. In response to Newsweek‘s call to discuss the...
Twitter Gives Muslims A Voice, A (Seriously) Funny Voice #MuslimRage

How Do You Build The Yelp Of The Arab World?

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Omar Koudsi is the CEO of the freshly-funded Jeeran, sometimes called the "Yelp of the Arab world." Koudsi says his ambitions are more grand, with an eye on all emerging markets: "We want to be a company not for the Arab world, but from the Arab world." Jeeran is live...
How Do You Build The Yelp Of The Arab World?

Anti-western violence gripping the Arab world has little to do with a film

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Analysis: Attacks on embassies have more to do with perceived imperialism and the activities of Muslim fundamentalistsThe maelstrom of anti-western violence in the Arab world has little to do with an anti-Islam propaganda film released on YouTube.It has more to do with decades of perceived western imperialism - and the...
Anti-western violence gripping the Arab world has little to do with a film
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