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In this interview Jawad Abbassi, founder and President of the Arab Advisors Group (AAG), surveys the state of new media in the Arab World today. This company is an research and consultancy firm based in Amman Jordan that focuses on communications, media and technology markets throughout the Arab World. This Interview was conducted just after the "Media and Telecommunications Convergence Conference" the firm organized in June, 2004. At the beginning of the interview Abbassi talks about his professional background and the need that the Arab Advisors Group was set up to fill. He then provides a comprehensive, informed view of the New Media landscape in the region. In it Abbassi discusses the transnational character of the new media and its impact on civilizations. He
also delves into the varying apporaches take by governments in the region, contrasting, for example, the censorship of the internet in Saudi Arabia with the much more open policies of Egypt, Jordan, or Morocco. He also addresses the relationship of new media to economic factors and economic liberalization in the region, and the impact of new communication and media technology on family, society, education and other sectors.