About AIP

At Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), the Arab Information Project (AIP) is our framework for studying the social, cultural, economic and political life of advanced communication and information technologies in Arab countries, including the growth of the Internet, direct satellite broadcasting, cellular and other telecommunications systems, the communication and information cultures in the Arab world and the manifold influences conveyed by these new technologies.  AIP grew out of CCAS’s twentieth annual symposium in 1995 on “The Information Revolution in the Arab World” to follow the evolution of these issues, thinking about them and research on them.

About Us

Michael C. Hudson is Seif Gobash Professor of Arab Studies and Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  He has edited and written numerous books, including Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (1999), The Palestinians: New Directions (1990), The Precarious Republic: Political Modernization in Lebanon (1968, 1985), Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy (1977), and chapters and articles appearing in Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, International Affairs, Comparative Politics, Al-Mustaqbil al-’Arabi, and other scholarly journals.

Jon W. Anderson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he teaches about the Information Society, Anthropology of the Middle East, and Islam in the Modern World.  He is author of Arabizing the Internet (1998), recently co-editor of New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere (2003) and Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society (2006), and written numerous articles and papers.

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