Donatella Della Ratta- YLSMC Beirut Vol. 01

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Donatella Della Ratta- YLSMC Beirut Vol. 01

  1. 1. “ Switching from consumption mode to production mode. Mission impossible in the Arab world?” @donatelladr http://mediaoriente.com
  2. 2. 1998
  3. 3. And…
  4. 4. “ REALLY??! Do Arabs have got their own TV too?!” <ul><li>“ AREN’T THEY ONLY BEDUINS IN THE DESERT?!!!” </li></ul><ul><li>a Professor @ University of Rome, 1998 </li></ul>
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  6. 9. Wikipedia and the Arabs.. <ul><li>“ Arabic is the fifth most widely </li></ul><ul><li>spoken language by number of </li></ul><ul><li>native speakers (according to </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia), however the Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has lagged behind in </li></ul><ul><li>growth, with the level of </li></ul><ul><li>participation remaining highly </li></ul><ul><li>disproportionate to the number of </li></ul><ul><li>speakers. </li></ul><ul><li>As one measure, there </li></ul><ul><li>are 1,521 admins on the English </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia, 301 admins on the </li></ul><ul><li>German Wikipedia, while the </li></ul><ul><li>Arabic Wikipedia has only 14”. </li></ul>
  7. 10. ???????? <ul><li>“ Wikipedia has potential to serve a needed purpose of </li></ul><ul><li>providing quality content in Arabic, though substantial challenges exist </li></ul><ul><li>for us to get further along towards that end. The potential to draw </li></ul><ul><li>contributors from Arab countries is limited to the 8.5% who use the </li></ul><ul><li>Internet, though a good portion of these users rather communicate in </li></ul><ul><li>English” </li></ul>
  8. 11.  <ul><li>“ The English Wikipedia has 6,663,710 registered users, however only a small </li></ul><ul><li>fraction of are actually editors. As of September 2006, there were </li></ul><ul><li>approximately 43,000 users who made at least five edits, and approximately </li></ul><ul><li>4,330 users deemed &quot;very active&quot;, with over 100 edits that month.[1] As of </li></ul><ul><li>March 2008, the English Wikipedia has 1,521 admins.[2] </li></ul><ul><li>The number of active Wikipedians on the Arabic Wikipedia is approximately 400, </li></ul><ul><li>which means the number who have made at least five edits in the past month. </li></ul><ul><li>When considered in proportion to the number of speakers makes the Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia, the number of users is disproportionately low — behind Vietnamese, </li></ul><ul><li>Persian/Farsi, Ukranian, Turkish, and 27 other languages in representation. </li></ul><ul><li>Indian languages, including Hindi, Teluga, and Marathi, are also very </li></ul><ul><li>disproportionate in number of editors, in relation to the number of speakers”. </li></ul>
  9. 12. Hope in sight for Arab internet users … <ul><li>“ This pursuit appears to be sorely needed - internet users in the Arab region constitute only 5 per cent of the 1.5 billion users in the world, according to recent statistics”. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Arabs are still consumers rather than producers when it comes to technology”. </li></ul><ul><li>http://gulfnews.com/business/technology/hope-in-sight-for-arab-internet-users-1.534587 </li></ul>
  10. 22. Don’t forget!! <ul><li>… wa merci kteer! </li></ul>

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