STEVE ROYSTON: The reason for the crackdown is predictably ‘security’. The impact on much-needed inward investment may, however, be profound.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: As of June 2nd a published list of news websites have been formally banned in Jordan. What next?
STEVE ROYSTON: As Yahoo slips into ‘tech-middle-age’ its leaders must adapt to a reality or face inevitable extinction
ALEXANDER MCNABB: There I was – gone, an-ex blogger, deleted, an online non-entity. It was the ultimate social media, Kafka-esque nightmare.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: In a recently published report Al Arabiya seems to have missed a rather significant point about internet access in the region
NASEEM TARAWNAH: Once upon a time, the Jordanian government thought censoring the Internet was a bad thing, arguing the best regulators were users themselves.
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: “…Extraditing a UK citizen to the U.S. to prosecute him for this? For linking? Where do they plan to put him when they get him: Guantanamo?”
MICH CAFE: The democratic freedoms enabled by access to the internet are under threat from a variety of sources.
REDA YAMANI, THE VIEW FROM FEZ: If ever you need a demonstration of abuse of monopoly power look to Maroc Telecom
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The Lebanese LIRA is yet another example of a government trying to define the role of online.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The image above is from the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications website.These are the people responsible for the Internet in Lebanon…
ALEXANDER MCNABB: Regulating the Internet in the name of privacy and responsibility is all very well, but we also have to be wary of regulating discourse.
EMAN AL-NAFJAN: Leaders throughout the Arab World are suspicious of new media. Their citizens are using tools not simply to communicate concerns, but campaign for change.
AHMED AL-OMRAN: The arrest of Mohammed al-Abdulkarim, a Saudi law professor, has unleashed a fierce debate among the Kingdom’s social media community, and revealed why Twitter is such a phenomena in the Kingdom.
There has been a great deal of concern and speculation this week regarding a possible move against Google by the UAE’s telecom regulator, the TRA. Much of this concern has been triggered by appalling journalism…
Facebook has tossed its hat into the mobile handset ring according to TechCrunch today, joining Apple and Google, a trio five years ago you would have never have associated with the phone business.