Tag: Internet

The Internet’s Underbelly

The Dark Web is rife with shady dealings, anonymous communications, and illicit material. Enter it at your peril. We seem to be hearing more and more about the Dark Web. But how many of us know what it actually is?…

chatbots

Venture Explains: Chatbots

What are they? Artificial intelligence programs that mimic being another human being when you interact, or ‘chat,’ with them via voice or text messages. What can they be used for? At the moment, there are chatbots on hand to advise…

Abdel Kareem Friehat, the head of operations and IT at Jordan Kuwait Bank

JKB Betting Big on Fintech

Rather than viewing growing interest in Fintech as a threat, many traditional high-street banks are trying to embrace the digital future. Abdel Kareem Friehat, the head of operations and IT at Jordan Kuwait Bank, said his bank is investing heavily…

Lana Ghanem, the managing director of the Hikma Ventures fund

Hikma’s Healthy Investments

Hikma Pharmaceuticals plans to inject $30 million into digital health startups through a new global investment fund. By Rebecca Irvine Until March Hikma was a FTSE100 listed company, and remains the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Middle East. Now making a…

Internet Phone calls

No Charges for Internet Phone Calls – TRC

Jordanians won’t be charged for making phone calls via apps like Skype and WhatsApp, the Kingdom’s telecoms watchdog said. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said the decision not to impose a levy on Internet calls came after TRC officials met…

SAMIH TOUKAN

Venture at 10: Samih Toukan

Samih Toukan, Cofounder of Maktoob.com Date of Interview: July 2009 Maktoob, the first social network in the Arab World, was one of the first to exploit the new medium of the Internet as it was launched in the early 2000s….

EMP Jordan CEO Hassan Mayassi

Embracing E-Payments

Set up to deliver electronic payment services to banks, retailers, governments, and the general public, EMP is now working to turn Jordan into a cash-free society. Changing any society’s habits takes time. Encouraging consumers to switch from using cash and…

Iyad Kamal, Aramex COO

Aramex Adapts

Aramex rolls out an ambitious new business plan to tackle its courier challenge and strengthen its B2C model. Aramex turns 34 this year. For the greater part of its life, it was a regular courier company that was always known…

Feeling the Squeeze, Orange Comes Out Fighting

A revamped range of mobile packages is just one of the ways Orange Jordan CEO Jerome Henique is trying to stay ahead of the competition amidst tougher than ever trading conditions. By Laith Abou-Ragheb As well as spending millions of…

The Coding Circle

Coding for Kids

The ability to read and write computer code from a young age is becoming increasingly important in our technology-driven age. In an effort to address the need for greater ICT skills in the Middle East, a group of Harvard and…