Artifical Intelligence in Ethiopia? Yes. Really.

By Matti Pohjonen|June 7, 2019|AI, Digital cultures, Latest news, Research|

When I boldly announce to people that I am starting new research on artificial intelligence (AI) in Ethiopia, a common response to this has been: “Ethiopia?  AI? But why there?” My response to this has usually been: “Oh, exactly because this question gets asked!” Indeed, breakthrough advancement in AI technology is predicted to transform every aspect of how people live, work and communicate globally.  These debates about what the digital

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A Fragmented Landscape: Barriers to Independent Media in Iraq

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|June 7, 2019|Latest news, The Middle East|0 comments

Tuesday 11 June 2019 6:00pm to 7:30pm Hosted by the Middle East Centre   Research Centres Meeting Suite, 9th Floor, Pankhurst House, Clement’s Inn, WC2A 2AZ   The Iraqi media landscape has been characterised by partisan ownership, in the main based on political and religious affiliations. Comparative ethnographic research has revealed highly irregular practices and the struggles of Iraqi journalists to adhere to the norms of professionalism, suggesting that these

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Arab Arts and Culture in Diaspora: A case study of Shubbak Festival, cutting edge productions and transnational identity

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|June 3, 2019|Latest news|0 comments

“Rachi Taha @ THE BARBICAN 2013 PART OF SHUBBAK FESTIVAL” by wheelzwheeler is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0     The summer is upon us and consequently, festival season. From June 28 – July 14, the fifth biannual Shubbak Festival will take place all around London. The full program consists of Arab artists in diaspora and around the Arab world within the visual, literary, musical and performance realms.   As

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SOAS roundtable on “Cyber-Diplomacy: international affairs in the digital age”

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|May 24, 2019|Latest news|0 comments

The Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy (CISD), hosted a roundtable discussion “Cyber-Diplomacy: international affairs in the digital age” on Thursday 23 May 2019. The debate featured a range of SOAS academics and external participants, and ran from 12:00-17:00. The event was held under Chatham House Rules.   In a moment reflecting the significance of visual language in digital diplomacy, the day began with a “groufie”, courtesy of Twiplomacy’s Matthias

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Talks are the only way past US-Iran brinkmanship in the Gulf

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|May 14, 2019|Latest news|0 comments

Both the US and Iran are reluctant to make the first move towards talks and if it remains that way a third-party should initiate contact before tensions reach a boiling point. The US President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the Iran nuclear deal as early as his campaign days in November 2016. That wish may be granted very soon as the rest of the signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan

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What is new, or not, about media and the 2019 ‘uprisings’ in the Arab world?

By Dina Matar|May 13, 2019|Arab uprisings, Latest news|0 comments

2019 may be as significant a moment as 2011 for media and communication scholarship focusing on the Arab World. As in the uprisings that disrupted the political order in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria in 2011, the highly mediated and visible protests in Sudan and Algeria, two of the least covered countries in the region, have, too, managed to challenge long-standing power structures, catching media analysts and scholars somewhat by

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Social media and shifting perspectives on security challenges to migration and human trafficking

By Dounia Mahlouly|May 10, 2019|Digital cultures, Latest news, Research, Social media|0 comments

Is there a role social media can play in shifting perspectives on security challenges and approaches to migrant smuggling and human-trafficking in North Africa?  Such a question, I suggest, is becoming more relevant because security perspectives and policies, particularly in the context of migration, are taking shape in a climate of anti-immigration sentiment, racism and xenophobia, which feeds into the securitisation of the humanitarian crisis around North African migration. So

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Social media and political polarisation

By Matti Pohjonen|May 9, 2019|Digital cultures, Extreme speech, Research|0 comments

Recent attacks in Christchurch and Sri Lanka have added fuel to the debate about how to resolve what has been described as one of the most intractable problems of the contemporary world – the spread of hate/hateful speech online. However, as some of our recent research  shows, what perhaps is a more intractable  (and often overlooked) problem than merely removing aggressive or hateful comments from social media is the challenge of

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Elections in India: A snapshot of West Bengal

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|May 2, 2019|India, Latest news, Research|0 comments

In the summer of 2000, I was posted in West Bengal as a Correspondent for NDTV. Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharya, member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was the Chief Minister and he had just brought his party back to power after the resignation of Jyoti Basu, who, it seems had ruled West Bengal for decades. I knew Mr Bhattacharya cursorily during his reign as the Home Minister of the

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Welcome to the CGMC blog

By Dina Matar|April 29, 2019|Latest news|

Centre for Global Media and Communication, sitting in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, welcomes you to engage you in critical debates about the contemporary moment, which is increasingly defined by crises, conflict, divisions, populism, confusion, panic, mistrust in political institutions and, importantly, a breakdown of communication in a digitally connected global world. In this blog, we at CGMC – staff, students and friends – will talk about what we do

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