Where are you from?
I am from Syria.
What is your current area of study?
My thesis focuses on exploring the economic, political and cultural context of YouTube based programming in Saudi Arabia. It focuses on the bottom-up, professionally generated content (PGC) produced by the Saudi youth exclusively for YouTube – between 2010 and 2016.
Describe the research you will present at AoIR 2017.
My paper investigates the reactions of the Saudi Government towards YouTube based programming and what strategies have been employed to deal with the programmes as the content creators perceived them.
It aims at providing solid understanding of the dynamic of YouTube based programmes in a non-democratic context to showcase whether social media, and specifically YouTube platforms, can affect (or not) the behaviour of the state and the regulation structure.
Have you presented at AoIR in the past? If yes, what has been your experience? If #AoIR2017 Tartu is your first AoIR conference, what made you choose this conference? What do you expect from it?
This is my first time to present at Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) and I am really glad that my blind abstract has been accepted. I was very keen to take part in AoIR in order to share my findings with the specialized academic community, and more importantly to learn about the recent academic research from the experts in the field. I am also looking forward to expand my professional network in hope that it would result in future academic collaborations. Finally, many thanks for the organizing committee of AoIR 2017 in Tartu and everyone who worked behind the scene to make this event happened.