Category: Technology

Health Services on a High

On-demand health services are spreading fast around the world, and our region is no exception. The Internet is changing the way patients seek medical information and care. But ‘Dr. Google’ can’t offer a professional diagnosis. That’s why patients are seeking…

Challenging Big Tech

Many believe the Internet is and will continue to be an open and democratic space. But the reality is that it’s increasingly dominated by a handful of companies that control our digital autonomy. By Zeid Nasser Each month, Facebook is…

Hashtag #Ten

On August 23, 2007, Chris Messina (@ChrisMessina) suggested the use of the hashtag sign ‘for groups on Twitter’. The rest is history. The hashtag has become an integral part of social media trends across a number of platforms, not just…

The Age of Anarchy

Crypto-anarchists are ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding how to navigate our seemingly chaotic digital existence. Crypto-anarchists use cryptographic software to conceal the sending and receiving information over networks, to protect their privacy and political freedom while…

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Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

Ma’an Nasel, the public transport campaign group that I helped found, recently launched its own app. It has a feature that allows users to enter starting and ending points in Amman to obtain public transport routes they can take to…

Towards a Cashless Economy

It’s clear the emerging cashless society is a goal being pursued by governments for more electronic control and overall efficiency, by consumers for more convenience, and by businesses for quicker payments and higher profits. Australian authorities have announced the country…

Books are Back

After being written off as just another victim of the digital media revolution, it is both surprising and heartening to see physical books sales thriving again. By Zeid Nasser After all these years of digital proliferation, which saw a big…

The Gender Gap

Despite all the initiatives and grand plans of recent years, the number of women in tech is falling. The global percentage of women working in technology-related professions is actually lower today than it was two years ago. It’s quite disappointing…

AI: Speaking Up

All the big names in tech are betting big on AI voice assistants. But who will come out on top? By Zeid Nasser Thanks to the early success of household devices like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo, and the higher than expected…

Online Security and Staying Safe

The tumultuous events of last year prove we need to be more vigilant about online security than ever before. By Zeid Nasser The United States accused Russia of hacking its presidential elections. Yahoo admitted 1 billion user accounts had been…