Digital (Occupied) Palestine

Nina Boulus-Rødje, Pernille Bjørn

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Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been ascribed high promises to democratize, modernize, and revolutionize industries and societies. ICTs has undoubtedly changed our society in profound ways, transcending time and place, and increasing digital mobility, connectivity and speed. However, while various global phenomena have been identified across our increasingly connected world, there are important differences between the countries. By reviewing recent empirical studies, this short paper seeks to go beneath the hype, and explore what happens
when digital technologies are introduced into unstable or challenging socio-political settings (e.g., civil war, occupation, corruption, authoritative regimes, etc.). The aim is to synthesis and document the role of ICTs, as well as the opportunities and limitations that digitalization has brought to the Arab world, specifically Palestine. With an eye to the future, the paper distinguishes between the possible and implausible futures for Palestinian technological innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventWith an Eye to the Future: HCI Research and Practice in the Arab World - CHI 2019, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20194 May 2019


WorkshopWith an Eye to the Future
LocationCHI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherArabHCI is an initiative inaugurated in CHI17 SIG Meeting that brought together HCI researchers/practitioners from the Arab World with those who are conducting/interested in research in this context. The goal was to start a community that explores challenges and unique opportunities for future research in Arab countries and with Arab participants. This ArabHCI workshop aims at draw a roadmap for future HCI research and practice in the Arab world. With Arab and non-Arab researchers and practitioners, we are looking forward to deepening and expanding the discussion on current research trends in the region and envisioning future agenda by reflecting on existing practices and synthesising published research.
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  • Technological innovations
  • The Arab world
  • Conflict
  • sustainability
  • Palestine
  • Entrepeneurship

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