Caabu invites you to an online book launch with author and academic, Marc Owen-Jones, who will be discussing his new book, Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Deception, Disinformation and Social Media, on Tuesday 26 April 2022 at 2pm (BST UK time).
Register for this online book launch here.
The book, published by Hurst Publishers and released on 28 April, can be purchased here through Caabu's affiliate page on Bookshop.org. Caabu receives 10% of any purchase made as does an independent book shop.
When: Tuesday 26 April 2022, 14:00 (BST, UK time).
Where: Online. Sign up for the discussion here.
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- Digital Authoritarianism in the Middle East by Marc Owen-Jones is available to purchase here.
- Buy other books from previous online Caabu briefings here and from physical events we've hosted here.
- Titles written by Caabu board members and patrons can be found here, as can others written by those who have spoken at Caabu events here.
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About the speaker:
Marc Owen Jones is Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar, where he researches disinformation and digital media. He holds a PhD in Government and International Affairs from Durham University and has published extensively on Gulf politics and media.
He Tweets: @marcowenjones.
About the book:
You are being lied to by people who don’t even exist.
Digital deception is the new face of information warfare. Social media has been weaponised by states and commercial entities alike, as bots and trolls proliferate and users are left to navigate an infodemic of fake news and disinformation. In the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, where authoritarian regimes continue to innovate and adapt in the face of changing technology, online deception has reached new levels of audacity.
From pro-Saudi entities that manipulate the tweets of the US president, to the activities of fake journalists and Western PR companies that whitewash human rights abuses, Marc Owen Jones’ meticulous investigative research uncovers the full gamut of tactics used by Gulf regimes and their allies to deceive domestic and international audiences. In an age of global deception, this book charts the lengths bad actors will go to when seeking to impose their ideology and views on citizens around the world.
The book can be purchased here.
Caabu is a not-for-profit cross-party organisation whose mission is to work for a British Middle East policy that promotes conflict resolution, human rights and civil society in the Arab world through informed debate and mutual understanding. Caabu is one of the most active NGOs working on the Middle East in British parliament since its establishment in 1967. From then on Caabu has assumed an active advocacy, educational and media role.