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Digital Digest, Q1 2014


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The first quarter of 2014 was full of developments in the digital realm, check out the most important among them in the latest issue of the Digital Digest.

Explore in this issue:
1. Social Media: Twitter adds new trend locations to the Middle East, a list of the ME's most famous YouTube channels, and pretty soon, Arabs will be able to watch TV like never before.

2. Technology: Qatar's ambulances will control traffic, drones might deliver ID cards to residents in Dubai, and the World Bank warns that broadband might not be affordable to many in the Middle East.

3. Digital Content: Will the new Dot Shabaka domain increase Arabic content on the Internet? Also check out Samy, the regions first virtual mall, and Asnad, an Arabic website for selling "digital goods".

4. Global stories: Pew finds more than half Chinese Internet users DO NOT use social media sites, the number of humans and mobile phones in the world might now be equal, and elderly Aussies are at high risk of cyber crime.

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Digital Digest, Q1 2014

  1. 1. Digital Digest Issue 11, Q1 2014
  2. 2. The Social Impact Department at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) established Rassed, a program that aims to study the effects of the Internet and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) on society; and the potential of emerging digital technologies. About Rassed
  3. 3. Highlights Middle East gets new Twitter “location trends” MENA’s most popular YouTube channels revealed Drones to deliver ID cards in U.A.E New local e-goods platform launched MENA’s mobile data growth is the highest in the world How some residents in MENA can’t afford broadband Google Street view comes to Dubai .Shabaka arabic domain goes live China the least active country on social media Global Mobile payments to increase 6X by 2017
  4. 4. Social Media
  5. 5. Twitter adds 16 new Middle East “trend” locations New locations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt, Algeria and Lebanon. Location trends reflect the topics or “#” that are most popular in a specific location at certain time. The Next Web:
  6. 6. The Middle East’s most popular YouTube Channels Istizada: 1 billion views +500 million views +300 million views 2.5 million views
  7. 7. Social TV coming to Middle East YouToo will allow viewers to interact in real time - from the web or their mobile device - with TV programs using video, pictures, voting and social media. Gulf News: Image courtesy of Technology Review:
  8. 8. Technology
  9. 9. World Bank: Some MENA residents feel broadband is not affordable In Morocco and Tunisia low-income households would need to pay about of their income to afford fixed or mobile broadband services. While in Yemen low-income households need to spend half their income for mobile Internet. World Bank:
  10. 10. Cisco predicts strongest mobile data growth in MENA 2013-18 Cisco’s full report: Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013–2018 suggests MENA will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region in the next five years.
  11. 11. UAE proposes drones to deliver ID cards and driving licenses Aljazeera: “We want to save time, to shorten distances, to increase effectiveness and to make services easier” Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  12. 12. Ambulances in Qatar to control traffic lights New technology will enable emergency vehicles to transmit a signal to change the traffic lights ahead of them, reducing potentially life threatening delays. Doha News:
  13. 13. MENA workers prefer face to face over technology Although 76% admit technology makes them more efficient. Their preferred method of communication is “in person”. Bayt:
  14. 14. Digital Content
  15. 15. New DotShabaka top level Internet domain goes live The first generic Arabic domain name has gone live, allowing users to solely access sites in Arabic script rather than having to use .com .org etc. BBC:
  16. 16. The Middle East’s first “Mobile Mall” is launched SAMY is a mobile app, which enables merchants and shopping centers to market via mobile devices. Emirates 24 7: image courtesy of
  17. 17. Asnad: First Arabic platform for selling digital goods Portal to buy and sell “digital goods” like e- books, computer and mobile apps, web scripts, games, audio and video clips and digital art. Zawya:
  18. 18. Most news content on YouTube comes from Qatar &Syria For the full infographic: Countries contribution by content category: In other categories, Saudi Arabia leads the contribution for comedy, whilst UAE dominates Entertainment content. Music content is popular in Egypt and Lebanon.
  19. 19. Google Street View cars coming to the Middle East Dubai will be the first city in the Middle East to have street views added to Google’s online mapping service. The National: Wikimedia:
  20. 20. Turkey has the world’s highest percentage of online gamers Spil Games and comScore:
  21. 21. Global Stories
  22. 22. There are as many mobile phones as there are humans Cisco: Worldometers: At the end of 2013, there were 7 billion mobile phones in the world, equivalent to the global human population
  23. 23. Pew: 51% of Internet users in China do NOT engage in social networking Pew:
  24. 24. Mobile payments to grow 6x their current size by 2017 Mobile payments for online purchases are anticipated to increase six-fold from $18 billion worldwide in 2012 to an estimated $117 billion in 2017. World Pay: Which countries have the most online shopaholics?
  25. 25. Elderly Australian Internet users are most vulnerable Aussies online McAfee: McAfee study finds Internet users in Australia over 65 years old to be most likely victims of cyber crime.
  26. 26. Disclaimer: All content in these slides is in the public domain and referenced so that you can read the original sources. Contact Us: Twitter: @ictqatar Visit our SlideShare channel for previous issues and our monthly Tech Top 10: Thank you for reading!