School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Walid Al-Saqaf

Walid Al-Saqaf
Title: Universitetsadjunkt, doktorand
School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
E-mail: This is an email address
Phone: +46 19303339
Room: F3125

Research Areas

• New Media and Democracy
• Internet Governance
• Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)
• Online Journalism & Web 2.0
• Internet Censorship & Circumvention (read more)

Current Teaching

• Online Investigative Journalism
• Project - Web Design
• Global Communication

Publications

  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012), "Circumventing Internet Censorship in the Arab World" in Diamond, Larry; & Plattner, Marc (eds.) Liberation technology: Social media and the struggle for democracy Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 124-138.
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012) Censory overload: How a reluctant journalist used his software skills to aid the Arab Spring. Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2012)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2012) Open data vital for a new Yemen: How open governments can build on the Arab Spring to deliver true freedom, The Guardian, April 13, 2012 [WWW] http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2012/apr/13/open-data-vital-for-yemen Last accessed on April 20, 2012
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) "Internet censorship and the lost cause of online political freedom" Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Democracy as Idea and Practice, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) "Political website censorship: a predominantly Arab phenomenon" Paper presented in Arabic language at the Internet and Freedom of Expression in the Arab World, ANHRI, Cairo, Egypt
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2011) No hope of foreign help, Gulf News, September 24, 2011 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/no-hope-of-foreign-help-1.873848 Last accessed on Jan 5, 2012
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2010) “Internet censorship challenged: How circumvention technologies can effectively outwit government attempts' to filter content. Alkasir: a case study” SPIDER ICT4D Series 2010:3 pp. 71-93
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2010) Yemen: Al Qaida isn't the only problem, Gulf News, January 2, 2010 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/yemen-al-qaida-isn-t-the-only-problem-1.560810 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) Internet: A Challenge to Arab Regimes' Control of Information in Kierulf, Anine; Ronning, Helge, Freedom of Speech Abridged, Gothenburg: NORDICOM (2009)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) Yemen must find a solution, Gulf News, September 24, 2009 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/yemen-must-find-a-solution-1.540640 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2009) There is no easy way out for Yemen, Gulf News, June 6, 2009 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/there-is-no-easy-way-out-for-yemen-1.2419 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2008) Empowering Citizens through the Web in Rudebeck, Lars; Hellstrom, Johan; Melin, Mia (Eds.), Big Brother and Empowered Sisters: The Role of New Communication Technologies in Democratic Processes, Uppsala: Collegium for Development Studies (2008)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2008) The Impact, Role, and Ideology of Yemeni News Websites. Master dissertation, Örebro, Sweden: Örebro University (2008)
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) What's the 'good news' in Iraq?, Gulf News, November 30, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/what-s-the-good-news-in-iraq-1.214549 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) GCC needs a defense shield, Gulf News, November 20, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/gcc-needs-a-defence-shield-1.213140 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Sinking with the dollar, Gulf News, November 9, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/sinking-with-the-dollar-1.211868 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Triumph for Saudi-UK diplomacy, Gulf News, November 2, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/triumph-for-saudi-uk-diplomacy-1.210800 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) New vote, same council, Gulf News, October 25, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/new-vote-same-council-1.207879 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) A failed Yemen is bad for GCC, Gulf News, October 6, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/a-failed-yemen-is-bad-for-gcc-1.205489 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) How to stop illegal aliens, Gulf News, November 28, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/how-to-stop-illegal-aliens-1.202574 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Handicap of GCC Internet sector, Gulf News, September 18, 2007 [WWW] http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/handicap-of-gcc-internet-sector-1.201269 Last accessed on 5th Oct 2011
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2007) Media Sustainability Index - Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE Chapters, Washington, DC: IREX
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2006) Media Sustainability Index - Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the UAE Chapters, Washington, DC: IREX
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Mideast Free-Trade Plan Inches Forward Fighting Resistance, The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Yemeni female scholar achieves excellence in the U.S. , The Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Muslim Activist Wages 'Gender Jihad', The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) World Bank Aims For Big Impact In Small Projects, The Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Newsweek Has Arabic Edition Challenge, The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Bush Team Launches New 'Hawala' Crackdown, The Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid (2005) Global Growth to Slow Amid High Oil Prices, The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf, Walid & Herrick, Thaddeus (2005) Gasoline Prices Are Forecast To Keep Rising, The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2005
  • Al-Saqaf had also written over 500 articles for Yemen Times during (1999-2005)

Current projects

• Alkasir censorship circumvention solution https://alkasir.com
• Yemen Portal: news and multimedia content aggregator (http://yemenportal.net)
• Arabia Portal (an aggregator of news for the Arab world (http://arabiaportal.net)

Updated: 2014-06-11

Editor: Walid Al-Saqaf