Northwestern University in Qatar and the World Internet Project - a major international endeavor that has spanned more than a decade in its quest to track the social, political and economic impact of the Internet on people's lives - have partnered to extend the research project in the Middle East - a region previously understudied by WIP.
The agreement provides a global platform for a survey research project undertaken by NU-Q that explores media consumption in eight MENA countries this year: Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. Findings from the NU-Q study will be shared with WIP, which has compiled research from 37 countries to date, and be made publicly available.
The initiative makes Qatar an important player in the ground-breaking research related to new media, according to NU-Q dean and CEO Everette Dennis. WIP partner countries serve as a base -via local universities and research institutes -for conducting detailed research, generating a wealth of publications and holding annual conferences that examine the impact of new technologies.
Results of the survey are expected in April, Dr. Dennis said, and will offer insight on how the use of the Internet is changing people's lives in the Arab world, from media use to governance and business.
The findings of the five-continent collaboration cover 42 topics, including the Internet and social connections, politics and the Internet, online entertainment and personal privacy.