Category: Technology

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Facing up to Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook played a central role in the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal should have us all worried. The scandal centered around Cambridge Analytica acquiring Facebook data on 50 million users without their knowledge, and then utilizing it for online political campaigns…

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Mobile phone worries

With sales declining, mobile phone makers will have to find new ways of keeping consumers interested. Global smartphone sales are slowing. International Data Corporation (IDC) recently reported that smartphone vendors shipped 403.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2017,…

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We haven’t seen the back of Bitcoin

Despite wild fluctuations in value and grumblings from regulators, it seems likely that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are here to stay. At the end of November, the price of Bitcoin crossed reached $10,000 and just kept going up and up…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…