For the first time, the Jordanian government requested information of Twitter accounts.
Back in 2010, JOSA’s vice-president Mohammad Khamash wrote an intriguing post on how Open Source is -fortunately- dominating the World Wide Web. Do you think Open Source software is still the norm for the web technologies? In the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web, we present to you a brand-new and updated infographic for 2014.
The tent has become an attraction to many opposition figures, writers, artists and trade union activists. Many journalists spoke of the importance of free press as a frontline defence against rampant corruption. Dr. Ahmad Abu Ghnamieh, a writer, said, “this tent isn’t only for online reporters, it is for all freedom-seeking Jordanians.” Nidal Mansour, the President of the Centre for Defending Freedom of Journalists, also spoke under the tent, insisting that the law came to curb freedom of speech and freedom of press.
The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) has condemned the decision by the Press and Publications Department on Sunday to block access to hundreds of websites, and it has renewed its opposition to any attempts on instilling governmental censorship on the Internet, which goes against the association’s believes and mission towards a free and open Web in Jordan.
The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) was present in a training program on Internet Governance and Policy in the Arab region between 16 and 19 March 2013 in Tunis, the program was organised by the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos), in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The training brought a diverse group of Arab Internet Governance stakeholders together with some of the best Internet Governance and Human Rights experts.
As the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is paving the way to block access to adult online content, what has been revealed about the real implementation of things appears to be worse than expected, Issa Mahasneh explains in this blog post.
The Ministry of ICT is redacting a new Telecommunications Law that implies blocking access to pornography, but the biggest issue is not that, the law allows government to issue regulations to access online content based on their own criteria. Issa Mahasneh shows how Jordanian government will try to mix the two things to attack any opposition to the new law.
As the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology is working on a draft for the new Telecommunications Law, new threats to Internet Freedom in Jordan appear. Mohammad Tarakiyee writes here specifically about the proposed Article 6.B-bis of the draft law.
The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) has formally requested that the Jordanian government remove articles in its draft Telecommunications Law that would allow the government to impose censorship, and otherwise control access to the Internet. The request came in a list of suggestions that were presented to the Ministry of ICT in regards to the new draft law. The suggestions also included introducing more open Web and net neutrality principles into the law.
After amendments to the Press and Publications law have been ratified, journalists organized a "Freedom Tent" as a sign of protest. Mohammad Tarakiyee reports from inside the tent about thoughts, opinions and activities of participants against the new law.