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Damian Radcliffe


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Recent articles by Damian:

How coronavirus has exposed Middle East's gaping digital divide

The problems facing the region's tech have-nots were bad enough before the pandemic struck. → Read More

12 apps journalists can use to record interviews remotely

Although most journalists prefer to conduct interviews face-to-face, the reality is that in the COVID age, that’s seldom possible. Modified equipment has enabled broadcast journalists to record interviews while practicing social distancing. But, I would argue that unless you really need to conduct an interview in person, don’t. → Read More

Covid-19 has ravaged American newsrooms. Here’s why that matters. » Nieman Journalism Lab

The irony is that while battering journalism, the pandemic has also underlined the need for reliable local news. → Read More

Middle East: Web-chat services unblocked but big tech projects take a hit in COVID crisis

Tech figures strongly in the region's struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

COVID-19’s impact on the media in 8 charts

It’s too early to understand the full implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on publishers. For some, it could be an “extinction-level event” with outlets around the world being affected. Others may emerge stronger, as a result of increased digital subscriptions, revenue diversification, and reduced – or hollowed-out – competition. Whatever happens, it’s … → Read More

4 ways publishers are looking at partnerships to realise their eCommerce ambitions

Few publishers possess the end-to-end skills and tools to deliver their eCommerce ambitions single handedly. As a result, many media organisations are partnering with a wide range of players – from commerce platforms like Shopify and StackCommerce, through to retailers and social networks – in the delivery of their eCommerce activities. For publishers to execute … → Read More

Tech is already big during Ramadan: In 2020, it's getting an upgrade

More time on social media, dedicated apps, special online and TV series – tech is shaping the Ramadan experience. → Read More

Israel and Palestine: How software developer shortage could create common ground

The neighboring countries have very different experiences with tech, but their futures are intertwined. → Read More

Why brand extensions are a great starting point for publishers interested in eCommerce

In developing eCommerce strategies, it makes strategic sense for publishers to identify propositions which build on their existing relationship with audiences. In a crowded market place, trust and name recognition are valuable commodities. Because of this, arguably, the best eCommerce products are logical brand extensions. They understand, and anticipate, the user journey. Historically, BuzzFeed… → Read More

5 digital subscription trends for publishers, in charts

For many publishers, a key priority for the year ahead involves growing revenues from readers. This is nothing new. In recent years, the rise of paywalls and move to subscriptions has been a major trend across the media landscape. However, despite this focus, publishers need to ask tough questions about the potential – and sustainability … → Read More

Egypt's building a new capital: Inside the smart city in the desert

A new administrative center being built between the Nile and the Suez Canal will be the country's first smart city. → Read More

How eCommerce is becoming a key part of publishers' emerging revenue strategies

Although advertising and digital subscriptions remain at the heart of the revenue strategies of many publishers, there’s an increasing recognition of the need for diversification. As a result, an importance is being placed – by many publishers and content creators – on growing alternative income streams. As I outlined in my 2019 report, 50 Ways … → Read More

Meet the next digital decade: Middle East experts' tech predictions for 2020

The tech that will shape the Middle East, from 5G and 4G adoption, upheaval in finance, to shifts in retail and AI. → Read More

Middle East tech's biggest trends in 2019? Startups, 5G – and internet shutdowns

It was the year of unicorn sales, the launch of 5G, and enthusiasm for e-commerce, amid government crackdowns. → Read More

Tech in Egypt: Here's what you need to know about Middle East's biggest market

With more than 100 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in the Middle East. → Read More

Middle East innovation: These four startups are making their mark

Despite the region's political instability, Middle East tech entrepreneurs are still launching a range of businesses. → Read More

Six tips to improve your radio and podcast interviews

Learn how to pick the right guests and not over-edit the conversation → Read More

First Souq.com, Careem: Now here are four more Middle East tech startups to watch

Uber's $3.1bn acquisition of Careem earlier this year has put the region's startups in the spotlight. → Read More

Middle East technology: The good, the bad and the ugly told in these key stats

We've pulled together 19 facts and statistics that shed light on tech in this complex region. → Read More

Middle East has a big problem: It loves tech but can't stop blocking it

Concerns about free expression and privacy are shaping online behaviors in the Middle East, as more governments crack down. → Read More