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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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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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JOSA Urges the Immediate Halt of Personal Data Sharing of Vaccinated People with Telcos

20 April 2021

The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) urges the immediate halt of personal data sharing of vaccinated people with telecommunications companies. Any data transfer must be done out of respect to those who have received or plan to receive the vaccine, and to protect people’s personal data from further abuse by the private sector.

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Blocking Clubhouse in Jordan: A Quick Analysis of Internet Censorship Methods in Use

13 April 2021

Since March 15th, Clubhouse users in Jordan have been facing issues while connecting to the app on several networks. Indeed, ISPs are blocking access to the app, this article shows the methods in practice. By Issa Mahasneh.

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From “Zoombombing” to Leaked Emails: Remote Learning Comes Saddled with Privacy Issues in Jordan

5 April 2021

As counter-COVID19 measures make remote learning prominent, unprecedented privacy and ethical concerns arise. In several instances things went wrong, though universities and schools can benefit from adopting the right policies and Open Source tools. By Hekmat AbuZahrah.

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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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Research and Publications

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Policy Recommendations

AI Implications on Journalism in Jordan

16 June 2022

Position Papers

Biometric Data in Jordan

4 April 2022