Towards more and better Arabic online content Wlaa Isam at TEDxSanaa 2013
When five major Arab countries instigate large and angry revolutions in almost one year and thousands get killed or injured and governments fall and get replaced by other governments, these relied. Applause These revolutions relied generally on mobilizing people through the Internet and social networks especially, like Facebook and Twitter. So it’s very natural for Arabic content on the Internet to experience an uprising since the Internet is the source of Arab revolutions which contributed to liberating countries and through which young Arabs were able to prove they are at a high level of social and intellectual communication,.
A level which parallels the Western world and possibly exceeds it in some countries. Your expectations for the percentage of Arabic content on the Internet 10 20 60 There is only a 3 of Arabic content on the Internet. This is a modest and a shy number. It seems that we Arabs have mastered low percentages worldwide except in one case during elections, we get 99.99. Applause All studies and statistics that come to us through Internet sites can be described as both promising and scary. In reality, all statistics show that the number of Internet users.
In the Middle East and North Africa is constantly increasing. This time the thanks go to the spark of the Arab revolutions, the social networks like Facebook and Twitter, the first asylum for Arab youth in all its formative and social classes, and which have contributed in creating a boom, in increasing the number of Arabic users on the Internet. It is estimated that the total number of Facebook users is about 44 million, according to a study released last November and performed by the specialized website Social Baker. It’s very clear the number of Arab users.
Of the internet is much greater than that number. That’s because the study only included active accounts, i.e. it excluded all accounts made for purposes of entertainment and socializing. Facts according to the study, 21 people sign up for Facebook every minute. If we take this number and multiply it by 60, or an hour, we get 1,260 people. You do the rest of the math. The following figure shows the age distribution of most active users of the Internet. It’s very clear that the age group between 18 and 24 years.
Is the group most present and active on the Internet. The geographic distribution of Arab users of the Internet from this study shows that Yemen, Palestine, and Bahrain have gained the least share in the study. As I’ve described them before, scary and promising numbers. Promising because it shows that Arab youth are hungry for getting information in their native language. And scary because it show the necessity of improving Arabic content on the Internet at a very fast rate maybe very fast to accommodate the demand of Arabic speakers from the ocean to the Gulf.
It is suffering. A note The purpose of this study is to show you the Arabic person doesn’t only use the Internet for social and entertainment purposes as we all suspect, but there are certainly millions of people from many fields and with many interests who resort to the Internet as a main source, or maybe even the only one, to get information. It is suffering. Real suffering that’ll be felt by whoever experiences this. Imagine this with me After hours of painful search on the Internet or looking for a serious topic in Arabic on the Internet,.
Is certainly like looking for a needle in stacks of hay and not just one haystack. Real suffering that will be felt by whoever experiences this. After hours of painstaking search on the Internet, you find many links with colorful pages, full of hearts and flowers. Probably carrying one of the usual names Eyes of the Heart. Laughter Purity of the Soul. Laughter The Coast of Lovers. Laughter Eden nights. Laughter Applause Yes, even Nights of Aden. What’s even more spiteful is that these sites prevents you from viewing the content.
And persists that you sign up for that website or forum. And after going through the signup process, you get merely a few lines that don’t feed or satisfy writing in a weak language that shows that the writer himself barely knows what he’s writing about. Looking at the site comments, who can only be described as anonymous, Cheeeeeeers , Thanks , Appreciated , and a really important subject. Applause Imagine. There is a great inadequacy in Arabic content on the Internet. Poor content, or even lower than the poverty line. Among the reasons of this content poverty on the Internet.
Is a great inadequacy in developing the content. Many youth place the responsibility of developing Arabic content on the governments. However, it is the responsibility of the Arab youth to developing their Arabic content. The bigger problem, from my point of view, is getting rid of Arabish, as in writing Arabic with Arabic letters. For example, Salam Alaikum is written like this, Alaikum alsalam like wise. Imagine with me. The fifth language among 6,500 languages. 360 million speakers from around the world, and the result is merely 3. Clearly there is a gap between the amount of Arabic content.
And type of Arabic content. The central problem lies in the rate of Arabic users online compared to the modest and sky content. Arabic content strength points are it is full of news and scandals of artist and celebrities, soccer players news, and traditional food recipes. This is the best. What is the future of education Before discussing the solutions, I’ve tried several times to know the base source of education. The answer every time was school. If we wanted to define school in a simple and easy way It is a machine that produces identical humans.
So that if one was sent from one country to another, that person would be capable of production and interaction. Applause By identical I mean reading, writing, and performing arithmetic. We no longer need this type of education. Let me prove Applause Let me prove to you more. Before, when a certain job was advertised, a good handwriting was required. In fact, there is no good reason why a person needed good handwriting to get that job, except for one reason, data was archived manually. The same for arithmetic operations. We don’t need someone who performs arithemetic professionally.
As for reading, it is very important. What is the solution There are many solutions to enrich the Arabic content generally, and the Yemeni content in particular. But I will point to the main solution from my point of view. It is establishing an academy on the cloud. The idea, simply, is about space that aims to liberate knowledge from its traditional form. by creating innovative tutorials by those who love knowledge. The cloud academy philosophy relies on open systems. which flourish through user contributions. Here comes the importance of sharing knowledge.
With those around us to improve lives. By encouraging the culture of sharing among cities, villages, and even less fortunate places through delegations in schools, universities, charities, and even youth interested in education, Those who care about presenting educational material through atypical methods. My activities in Aden in promoting open education. At the beginning the idea started when I gave seminars and cut from my vacations or weekends to give free seminars every Thursday. Then it developed to establishing courses in Ramadan or technical Ramadanic courses. Then it developed more to an annual event.
Under the name of the Open Education Day , and the result was 1,030 people targeted to spreading the idea of open education. Applause My activity on the Internet to enrich Arabic content in particular of course this picture shows the Open Education Day more than 850 articles on the Internet, and more than 200 high quality tutorials on the Internet. The result was more than 100,000 hours spent on my channel on YouTube. Applause The goal is the inclusion of society and making it an essential partner in solving the problems of learning and education.