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Why Rich Countries Can’t Have $20 Tablets -- Yet

Why Rich Countries Can’t Have $20 Tablets -- Yet | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
Students in India can now buy a fully-functional 7-inch tablet, the Aakash 2, for about $20 after a government subsidy, or about $45 retail.
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Indonesian farmers reaping tech rewards

Indonesian farmers reaping tech rewards | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
The BBC's Karishma Vaswani meets the Indonesian farmers turning to social networking to make the most of their produce.

 

Learn about the 8 villages network currently in the pilot program. They are leverage their current live network with technology for better understand pricing and weather patterns. Intriguing....

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Facebook growing fast in India

Facebook growing fast in India | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
By 2015, India will have more Facebook users than any other country on Earth - tilting the social-networking action away from the West and toward one of the fastest-growing emerging markets on the planet.
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Social Business Today: Social media engages the globe - Percentages Of Online Population Using Social Media Around The World

Social Business Today: Social media engages the globe - Percentages Of Online Population Using Social Media Around The World | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it

Despite significant differences in government, infrastructure, availability of access and cultural practices around the world, social networking is growing in every single market. The penetration of social networking sites ranges from 53% in China to 98% in the US, with 41 of the 43 markets individually reported by comScore seeing a market penetration of 85% or more.

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China gets tough on social media

China gets tough on social media | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it

China gets tough on social media- The government was deeply alarmed by the way the internet was used to galvanise the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East.

 

In response to government pressure, Sina has hired 1000 staff to monitor the flow of messages through its servers.

 

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How Egyptian Women use Social Media to Fight Sexual Harassment!

How Egyptian Women use Social Media to Fight Sexual Harassment! | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it

In Egypt, sexual harassment is so rampant that it has become the most disturbing crime in the country. Everyday numerous cases are reported, women are afraid to step out...

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Middle East: 64% believe mobile data lacks security

Middle East: 64% believe mobile data lacks security | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
In a survey carried out at Gitex, 64% of respondents said they wouldn’t be confident that data stored on a mobile device belonging to their organization would...
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The World Economic Forum Blog: Using social media to cut the road toll in Middle East and North Africa

The World Economic Forum Blog: Using social media to cut the road toll in Middle East and North Africa | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
By Elizabeth Daley* Society has only begun to experiment with the applications of social media in the public’s interest. As more citizens adopt mobile devices and social networks in their everyday routines, the potential for social media to play a...
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Middle East firms eye social media profit potential

Middle East firms eye social media profit potential | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring pushed social media into the spotlight in the Middle East - now business is getting in on the act...
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How the Arab World Uses Facebook and Twitter [INFOGRAPHICS]

How the Arab World Uses Facebook and Twitter [INFOGRAPHICS] | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
Khaled ElAhmad created these two infographics, exploring Facebook and Twitter trends in the Arab world.
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Roadmapping for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Roadmapping for Entrepreneurs in Africa | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
#OIAS inside scoop from @WorldBankPSD: What's the next big thing in inspired #innovation from #Africa #entrepreneurs?
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How an African Chief Uses Twitter to Keep the Peace

How an African Chief Uses Twitter to Keep the Peace | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
An African administrative chief uses Twitter to help solve problems and maintain order in his Kenyan village, showing another example of how social media has evolved beyond wired metropolises to reac...
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Social Media and Fund raising . One thousand points of “like”

Social Media and Fund raising . One thousand points of “like” | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it

"Your Facebook dollars at work THE symmetry is elegant: almost a billion people in the world lack access to clean water, while the social media sites Facebook and Twitter have roughly the same number of use...... " This led to a social media initiative to raise money in this environment namely FB.  This is a good example where the strategy is not aligned to the social media tactics. An education is required.

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Is Internet access a human right?

Is Internet access a human right? | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it

We’re halfway done with 2011, a year marked by remarkable, revolutionary uprisings in the Middle East - uprisings facilitated and documented on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media........  Was the impact so dramatic because today Internet access has reached the status of a basic need – like clean water or electricity?
The United Nations, in fact, recently declared that disconnecting people from the Internet is a violation of human rights.    

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Banks in the Middle East fail to make most of social media to target gen y customers – Decode

The business for the Islamic banks is booming, there is a huge market of 15-30 year olds, they are interested in banking and they are using financial services and it is an age-group that’s more valuable than banks currently recognise. Social Networking has reached over 80% of the population in many countries; this therefore seems like a prime route in for struggling Western banks.

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Social media goes mainstream in South Africa

Social media goes mainstream in South Africa | Middle East and Africa Goes Social! | Scoop.it
South Africans have embraced social media as a core pillar of Internet activity...
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The political arm of social media: Egypt

After thousands of civilians have faced military trials post-revolution, local activists decided to launch a campaign on Facebook seeking for people’s support to bombard SCAF’s website with criticism against the practice......Another ongoing practice is regular meetings organized by local activists known as TweetNadwa. The main goal is to exchange information about how to use social media and digital tools to promote political changes in the country.

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Social media and politics

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Social media and politicsDaily Times Nigeria (blog)Social media has played a relatively pivotal role in almost all the recent revolutions that have spanned/are spanning North Africa and the Middle East.
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