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Enrico De Angelis and Donatella Della Ratta

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'Mind the Gap: Bridging Knowledge and Practices of Activism' at the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting

[Image from the Fourth Arab Bloggers Meeting in Amman, Jordan. Image courtesy of Hisham Almiraat/Flickr.]

Since the political movements known as the Arab Uprisings erupted in late 2010, some of them leading to the toppling of a handful of long-lived authoritarian regimes in the area, the influence of networked communication technologies on social change and activism has taken center stage in an animated debate spanning across multiple communities and discussion sites. More specifically, the Internet, because of the participatory and social dimensions suggested by web ...

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Enrico De Angelis and Donatella Della Ratta

 

Enrico De Angelis is researcher at CEDEJ, Cairo. He was adjunct professor at Faculty Roberto Ruffilli of University of Bologna and he obtained his PhD in 2009 at Department of Sciences of Communication at University of Salerno with a research on Syrian media. He authored a monography on the relationship between media and conflict and wrote several articles on the role of new media and the dynamics of the networked public sphere in the MENA region. 

 

Donatella Della Ratta is former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and an Affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She has obtained her PhD on the politics of Syrian TV drama from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, New Islamic Public Sphere Program, University of Copenhagen. She has authored two monographs on Arab media (“Media Oriente: modelli, strategie, tecnologie nelle nuove televisioni arabe,” ed. Seam, Roma, 2000; “Al Jazeera. Media e societa` arabe nel nuovo millennio,” Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2005) and co-edited a book on Arab perceptions of US politics (“Un Hussein alla Casa Bianca: cosa pensa il mondo arabo di Barack Obama,” Odoya, 2009). She has curated chapters on Syrian media and politics in several collective books. Donatella has managed the Arabic speaking community of the international NGO Creative Commons for five years. She is co-founder of Syria Untold, a web portal focused on creative resistance in the Syrian uprising. Donatella maintains a blog on Arab media at http://mediaoriente.com and tweets avidly at @donatelladr.