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JOSA is the not for profit organisation that works for a better Jordan through openness in technology.

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Public cameras/CCTV in Amman

21 August 2022

Ever been in a speeding car that was caught by a radar? The cameras that monitor our streets make them safer, but what does that mean for our privacy and rights to protest? This article answers these questions and raises concerns about the laws regarding our rights to privacy, by Yara AlRafie

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The Digital Footprint of Children: How to Protect Them From Unwanted Online Activity

11 August 2022

As the use of the internet is becoming inevitable no matter how old is the user, it is crucial to protect those who might be exploited or exposed to content that is inappropriate to their age. Here are some tips for parents to ensure their children's online safety.

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Bypassing VPN Censorship

6 August 2022

VPNs help bypass geo restrictions and has many benefits, yet it may be used for illegal reasons, unfortunately that means that authorities bypass the issue by banning VPNs altogether, which is unfair if our VPN use is not harmful. So how can we bypass the bypass of the bypass?

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JOSA: Open Technologies will Boost Jordan’s Digital Transformation Efforts

11 July 2021

The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) welcomed the Council of Ministers acceptance of the National Strategy for Digital Transformation which considers open source software to be one of the digital transformation technologies. The strategy also adopts several points which will enable the creation of the infrastructure required for digital transformation, such as open data and open APIs.

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Where JOSA's impact lies

Open Knowledge

JOSA holds that knowledge should be freely and universally accessible. We also recognise the need to increase the availability of knowledge online in the Arabic language.

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Open Source Software

Modern IT infrastructure relies on open source software, that’s a fact. JOSA advocates for its adoption across the local technology sector, and encourages software developers to contribute to open source projects to improve their skills.

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Open Internet

We believe that the Internet should remain open and accessible for everyone, with no technical, legal, or physical barriers to devices, network, and content.

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Open Government

JOSA pushes for more transparency in government through the release of open government data, improving access to government information, and releasing data and content under an open government license. We believe an open government improves accountability and is a driver to economic growth.

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Open Source Hardware

JOSA believes that open source hardware can accelerate innovation, give access to manufacturing in low-resource settings, and enable creativity and collaboration.

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Digital Safety

The Internet should be a safe space for everyone. JOSA believes that awareness of digital safety practices should be widespread, and digital security help should be made available for everyone without discrimination.

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Privacy

JOSA believes that information that is personal should be afforded legal and technological protections. Technology should be used for good, and not exploit our data for power and profit. JOSA pushes for legislation that protects users’ data, promotes strong encryption, and limits mass surveillance.

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