HBKU Comms asked to film a short piece with me about how it was teaching remotely. I complied, on the condition my cat be featured 😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwU1kopxFWE&feature=youtu.be
*This is a piece from 2011, posted here for posterity, and because it was on my old blog***** If it's 2 am, and you're still awake screaming angrily at your Twitter feed, then chances are you've been sucked into the Arab Spring - online edition. Indeed, social media and the Arab Spring are two collocations … Continue reading Busted! Journalist Liliane Khalil Exposed
A table of all my disinfo twitter threads
I have contributed three columns to the Middle East Eye in the past month or so. Two of those concern disinformation on Twitter, the other a discourse analysis of Kushner's conflict plan. How IS uses hacked accounts to flood Twitter with propaganda Jared Kushner: The colonial mindset behind his so-called 'peace plan' Saudi Arabia's bot … Continue reading New Column in the Middle East Eye
A link to my new article on The Monkey Cage blog: Saudi, UAE Twitter takedowns won’t curb rampant disinformation on Arab Twitter
I analysed around 13,000 retweets of Boris Johnson's tweet that read "The referendum result must be respected. We will leave the EU on 31st October. #LeaveOct31". He tweeted this twice, once on 15th Aug and again on 27th. The following is what I found: #StopTheCoup To read this viral Twitter thread please head here!
I am excited to post a podcast conducted by Dr. Simon Mabon at Lancaster University. The podcast is part of Projeact SEPAD, or the Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation initiative, a Carnegie Corporation-funded project at @RichardsonInst based at Lancaster University. In it I tlak about growing up in Bahrain, and how it influenced my academic perspective … Continue reading Podcast on sectarianism and growing up in #Bahrain with @ProjectSEPAD
I am pleased to announce that I have published a new article in the International Journal of Communication. It's open access and you can find it here. It is part of a special issue called The Gulf Information War and the Role of Media and Communication Technologies, edited by the great Banu Akdenizli and Ilhem … Continue reading The Gulf Information War| Propaganda, Fake News, and Fake Trends: The Weaponization of Twitter Bots in the Gulf Crisis
In the spirit of trying be more regular with this blog (Think of it as a high fibre writing diet), I am writing another post in my traditional style; burying the lede and ending lots of sentences with prepositions such as 'as'. My last post featured an interesting story about how verified Twitter accounts were … Continue reading Twitter accounts hijacked to tweet anti-Qatar propaganda and challenge French Embassy’s demands to issue Raif Badawi an amnesty
Yesterday I wrote how pro-regime Saudi entities were using hijacked verified Twitter accounts. Today Twitter removed the verification of two of those accounts. One of them, belonging to the late meteorologist David Schwartz, is still verified. This is perhaps the most interesting. The fact is that David passed away two years ago. The New York … Continue reading Was the person behind the Twitter account of dead American meteorologist a living Saudi prince?