Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Technologies: Algerians increasingly connected – TSA – All About Algeria

New technologies and initiatives on the net are attracting more and more attention of Algerians. At the Mobile World Congress held in early in Barcelona, ​​Nassim Lounes, director of the agency Med & amp; Com explained that the Algerian population now has better access to the internet. Before 3G, “12% of traffic came from mobile,” he stated. A figure that increased to 25% after the arrival of “broadband”. 3G therefore promotes hyperconnectivity young (and old).

The Algerian personalities and Twitter

Several Algerian politicians have a Twitter account and already among the most active, we hold the leaders of the opposition parties. Soufiane Djilali particular, President of JilJadid who diligently communicates via its official account (SoufianeDjilali) or Abderrazak Mokri leading the MSP and tweeting regularly in Arabic (abderrazakMAKRI). For those members of the opposition, the social network can respond in real time on current events.

In the current government, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal (AMSellal) can be considered the longer present on the network. Although his Twitter account is very low powered and followed his Facebook page regularly reports its activities to more than 390,000 “followers”.

What about corporate chiefs?

No Haddad or Rebrab on social networks. While some Algerian business leaders are present on the net for a while, like Slim Othmani (SO_Maghreb) and Mehdi Bendimerad (MehdiBendi), others just recognize the significance of these new tools communication. In March, Twitter has seen the arrival of two Algerian entrepreneurs Brahim Benabdesselam (DzSea), vice president of the FCE and Mohamed Skander (BhSkander), president of consulting firm Bravehill


For the anecdote, in this photo taken from Bravehill Facebook account, you can see the two leaders in the company of Arnaud Montebourg, at its visit to Algiers on 12 March. The former French Minister explains that it is attended by more than 270,000 people on Twitter. What convinced the two Algerians who create an account a few hours later.

The policy and the business world are not the only areas that consider social networks and new technologies as a boon for reach a wider and younger audience.

Religion in the digital age

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, religious applications have the coast. Whether to remind you of prayer, times of fasting during the month of Ramadan or to help you geotag mosques and halal restaurants in non-Muslim majority countries, new technologies are now working to facilitate the daily practice of religion.

Available on Android, IOS or Google Play, most applications are free and offer wide variety of services ranging from the repetition of religious texts to quizzes that allow you to ! test your knowledge

Among the most downloaded apps include: Muslim Pro which the developer claims “15 million users in 215 countries.” Other developers are using smartphones and tablets to discover the Muslim religion and avoid the “opinions” about Islam. It is the purpose of the application Islam this unknown religion available on IOS as an interactive book. It even has a feature that allows readers to ask questions to the author of the book. The digitization of content and allows users to consult religious books like the Qur’an, directly on their smartphones and this in several languages.

So religion is a digital turning and Muslims are not the only concerned. Judaism and Christianity are also facing these new practices and this new generation of followers. Therefore, some religious leaders following the trend as Pope Francis also head of state, which is one of the most influential leaders with Twitter accounts in multiple languages ​​totaling millions of followers.

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