Internet in the Middle East: an asymmetrical model of development

Ilhem Allagui*

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The paper adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine Internet history in the Middle East and fill a gap in the subfield of regional Internet histories studies. It is a narrative of Internet development in a complex area and era. It draws on influential key events to question the role of Internet development in current debates about regulation and change and to highlight its asymmetry throughout the region. The paper uses a critical analysis as well as a historical analysis of policies and usages to map Arab countries’ Internet development and suggests a political and cultural framework to help understand the tensions and contentions around this development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalInternet Histories
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2017



  • Internet development
  • Internet history
  • Middle East Arab uprisings Internet in MENA Internet adoption
  • digital gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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