New Article – Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain

Very happy to announce the publication of my latest article in a roundtable of wonderful scholars. The topic, citizenship and belonging.  Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain - Volume 52 Issue 4 Source: Digital De-Citizenship: The Rise of the Digital Denizen in Bahrain

A bizarre update on the Mitchell Belfer case

The Mitchell Belfer saga gets stranger. The Czech paper Denik, which previously ran a story about Belfer being investigated by the Higher Education Board for not providing his doctoral credentials, has now stated that it was satisfied that the Metropolitan University of Prague has seen his credentials. In my view, this raises far more questions … Continue reading A bizarre update on the Mitchell Belfer case

Czech paper Deník covers story about Middle East analyst Mithcell Belfer’s refusal to reveal where his PhD is from

The following blog post is translated using Google Translate (so expect some errors). The original article can be found here, written by journalist Jakub Zelenka We were shocked. ”A recognized expert on the Middle East graduated from a university in Prague, unable to prove his doctoral degree University educator Mitchell Belfer taught for years at … Continue reading Czech paper Deník covers story about Middle East analyst Mithcell Belfer’s refusal to reveal where his PhD is from

No record of this prominent academic and analyst, with Op-eds in the National Review and the Wall Street Journal having a PhD? The Curious Case of ‘Dr.’ Mitchell Belfer

***Update 04/08/2020*** Since this blog was first written a number of developments have occurred. Belfer's former Head of Department at MUP confirmed that Belfer no longer worked there, although Belfer had claimed he was on 'provisional suspension' pending outcome of an ethics committee investigation The journal which Belfer founded, CEJISS, has since removed Belfer as … Continue reading No record of this prominent academic and analyst, with Op-eds in the National Review and the Wall Street Journal having a PhD? The Curious Case of ‘Dr.’ Mitchell Belfer

The Gulf Information War| Propaganda, Fake News, and Fake Trends: The Weaponization of Twitter Bots in the Gulf Crisis

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

Someone in Saudi has taken over the verified Twitter account of a dead American meteorologist – and there’s more…

The hacked accounts of verified users on Twitter are likely being bought and sold to unknown Saudi entities and Twitter appear to be doing little about it. This post details a number of examples of this problem, putting it in the wider context of the problematic Gulf Twittersphere.  **Update: Since I wrote this blog and it … Continue reading Someone in Saudi has taken over the verified Twitter account of a dead American meteorologist – and there’s more…

In Graphs: How pro-Saudi Twitter Bots Boost Donald Trump’s Ego (and his retweet count)

We know Donald Trump likes to tweet. Given his waning popularity, he probably needs those social media dopamine hits more than most of us. However, while Donald Trump’s actual popularity among living humans remains the stuff of intrigue, especially with accusations of various forms of electoral manipulation by Cambridge Analytica, the Russians, and bots, his … Continue reading In Graphs: How pro-Saudi Twitter Bots Boost Donald Trump’s Ego (and his retweet count)