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حمود ستوديو - Fri, 2017-09-29 11:44
في الإعلان التشويقي لفيلم دنكيرك بدا فيلمًا مختلفًا تماماً عما سبق وعهدناه من كريستوفر نولان صاحب ثلاثية Dark Knight الأشهر على الإطلاق؛ التي حولت شخصية البطل الخارق باتمان من سلاسل DC Comics الهزلية إلى واحد من أفضل الأفلام على مر التاريخ، بالإضافة إلى أفلام أيقونية أخرى كـ Inception و Interstellar وحتى Momento، والحقيقة أني انتظرت […]

Iraq’s Increased Use of Internet Shutdowns a Worrying Trend

Social Media Exchange - Thu, 2017-09-28 16:09

Despite criticism from free expression and digital rights groups, such as IFEX and AccessNow, the Iraqi government appears increasingly reliant on blocking access to the internet as a tactic to deal with social, political, and security concerns. There have been 25 shutdowns since the beginning of 2017, including 15 in the first half of the year to prevent cheating on exams. The continuation of this practice is disturbing, especially because the government has started to shut down the internet without warning and without reducing the length of its shutdowns. The Iraqi government’s repeated adoption of this tactic demonstrates that its attitude towards internet freedoms is moving in the wrong direction.

The Iraqi government has usually provided a warning before shutting down the internet, but on July 15, 2016, during protests in Baghdad, the government shut down the internet for three and a half hours with no announcement. Then, on July 20th of this year, the Ministry of Communications shut down the internet in the middle of the night without any notification. Though the government gave no reason, this shutdown occurred as the remaining ISIS militants in Mosul intensified suicide attacks.

This graph displays a power outage on the night of July 20th.

 

Even when the Iraqi government shut down internet service for the first time in 2014—in response to “the exceptional security situation Iraq is having,” a reference to ISIS’ capture of Samarra, Mosul, and part of Kirkuk in June of that year—it issued a notice about the shutdown. Though that blockage was limited to five provinces, it was more comprehensive in scale than subsequent shutdowns as the government ordered the total shutdown of the internet and partial blockage of Virtual Private Networks (VPN), and restricted access to various social media sites. While an equally comprehensive warning was issued then, the Iraqi government’s more recent shutdowns are occurring without warning and for relatively benign reasons, marking a troubling regression of digital rights in Iraq.

Moreover, the government reversed course on shortening the length of internet shutdowns. The most recent instance of an internet shutdown occurred during an examination period at the end of August 2017, at the request of the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Communications stated that “an outage of internet services will occur during the period of the 26th of August until the 10th of September 2017 starting from 6:30 AM-9:30 AM.” The Ministry stressed that for nine days in this window “total service blackout will occur.”

The Iraqi government officially announces the most recent internet shutdown.

Starting in July 2015, the Iraqi Ministry of Telecommunications shut down the internet during the high school bachelor exams in order to prevent cheating, ordering all service providers, including mobile 3G providers, to shut down their services for three hours every day for the duration of the three-week exams. In May 2016, service shutdown was expanded to include high school and secondary schools’ final examination periods. The government recognized the negative impact of these three-hour shutdowns and, earlier in 2017, decreased the period to one hour. Yet, in August, it elected to return to three-hour shutdown periods, proving that the government is choosing to overlook the cost of periodic shutdowns of the internet.

“Partial or complete shutdowns of the internet have taken place in 51 countries in just the first 10 months of 2016,” SMEX reported last year, warning that “in times of political unrest, an internet shutdown could lead to an increase in violence and acts of repression while making it nearly impossible to reach essential services and connect with loved ones.” The internet ecosystem also has a transformational impact on both developed and developing economies, lowering the barriers for business activity, facilitating access to new markets, and helping businesses drive efficiency.

Restricting connectivity has the potential to reverse the positive impact that the internet has on the wider economy. Even partial disruptions can have material economic effects. For example, it can weaken email services, prevent access to dynamic information on weather conditions, and hinder retailers and other businesses from reaching customers in other parts of the country and across borders. It is clear that the Iraqi government’s decision to shut down the internet, even for three-hour periods, negatively impacts Iraqi citizens.

The economic losses due to the 22 shutdowns that occurred between July 2015 and June 2016 are estimated at over $209 million. But beyond the economy, Iraq’s reliance on internet shutdowns is a threat to social and political institutions within the country. The government has created an environment where it is acceptable to block the internet and continued use of this tactic could have drastic effects if the government elects to employ it habitually to face new social and political challenges.

Restricting access to the internet – even for a short period of time – endangers lives, separates people from each other, undermines economic growth, and erodes confidence in a government that takes such drastic and ill-advised steps. The Iraqi government should recognize the widespread consequences of this decision and opt to manage its political and security challenges without threatening the digital rights of its citizens and without disrupting their lives.

Online Vigilantism: A Threat to Justice in Lebanon

Social Media Exchange - Tue, 2017-09-26 17:51

The Facebook page “Where is the state? (وينية الدولة؟),” which has over 250,000 likes, regularly posts high-quality videos or pictures documenting alleged crimes in Lebanon, garnering hundreds of thousands of views. While Facebook suspended the page on Tuesday, September 26, because it posted personally identifiable information about two individuals, its backup page, which has almost 70,000 followers, remains active.

The mission of the page is to crowdsource detective work in order to catch the perpetrators of these alleged crimes, a practice known as online sleuthing. People view the videos or photos and attempt to identify the suspects, sending information to the page through its inbox or via WhatsApp. This information often consists of names, addresses, and other personally identifiable information. Sometimes, this information is shared publicly via the page, presumably to let the followers of the page know the results of their work. Sharing this information breaches these alleged criminals’ right to privacy and endangers their access to justice in the process. Beyond breaching the right to privacy, this page helps foster an unhealthy vigilante culture in Lebanon and raises questions about its relationship to the state.

A recent video displaying an encounter between a man and a woman clearly illustrates this issue. On Sunday, September 24, the page published a video of a woman leading a man around the Jounieh area, north of Beirut, on a leash, which gained over 500,000 views. Along with the video, the page stated “it remains to be taken on our shoulders to seek to spread the complete identity of all who appear in this video, perhaps thereby compelling the security forces to move and arrest them.” Just a few hours later, the page published a second post claiming that the Internal Security Forces (ISF) had arrested the man in the video, and named him publicly. The page also named the woman in the post and revealed that she identifies as transgender, potentially subjecting her to harassment and violence. Then, on Monday, the page announced that the Internal Security Forces had arrested the woman as well; it posted detailed information about both individuals, including their ages, places of work, and brief descriptions of their life.

Releasing this information violates the right to privacy under Article 14 of the Lebanese constitution and under Article 12 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, which Lebanon has adopted. Ali Mourad, an assistant professor of public law at Beirut Arab University, wrote in a Facebook post, that publishing pictures and information about these people “eliminates the basic principle of presumption of innocence” and promotes the “defamation” of these two individuals. Thus, they are less likely to receive a fair trial and they could be detained without being formally charged. Moreover, the decision to publish information about these individuals places them in danger.

Mr. Mourad emphasizes that this page is particularly dangerous because it not only violates the right to privacy, but it also aims to transform “every citizen…into detective, judge, and informant.” The administrators of the page encourage Lebanese citizens to provide information about innocent individuals and publish it indiscriminately. In this case, the page shared extremely detailed information about the arrests of both people, claiming it had received it from its followers. Even the post about the arrest contained more personally identifiable information about the individuals than ISF’s Facebook post regarding the incident.

Some people are asking whether the authorities, instead of intervening to protect people and their personally identifiable information, are actually helping and supporting this page. In his Facebook post, Mr. Mourad mentioned that “public administrations interact often and positively with this page.” One activist, who wished to remain anonymous, posited that both the quality and quantity of the videos on this page suggest that the ISF run the page, or at the very least are in contact with the person who does. Vigilante culture is dangerous on its own, but it becomes even more dangerous if it is possibly receiving tacit support from the authorities.

As a digital rights organization, we ask the Facebook page administrators to seek the support of proper channels to investigate crimes. Posting individuals’ personally identifiable information threatens the safety and well-being of presumably innocent individuals. More importantly, we urge the Lebanese state to protect the privacy rights of its citizens and those residing on Lebanese soil; this entails creating stronger data protection laws to ensure third party actors cannot release personally identifiable information about people without any repercussion.

Hacklab 1: How the Internet Works

Social Media Exchange - Mon, 2017-09-11 15:42

In April 2017, SMEX launched a program to empower youth with the knowledge and tools needed to safely navigate the internet. “Abtal el-fada’ el-raqmi” (أبطال الفضاء الرقمي) aims to create a community of tech-savvy youth committed to using the internet for social change.

In its first phase, the program consists of six hacklabs designed to equip the participants with the knowledge necessary to understand the digital sphere and the tools needed to help make it a safer space.

Our first hacklab focused on explaining to the youth how the internet works. Together with our digital heroes, we produced a video that illustrates the trajectory of a text message from its sender to its recipient and provides a helpful tip on how to keep one’s messages private.

How to Get TV without Cable: Free and Cheapest Alternatives

Mr - Mon, 2017-08-28 18:17
Discover Best Way to Watch Television and Get Many of Your Favorite Channels and Shows Without Cable/Satellite, Contract, or High Cost Many people that cancelled their paid television subscriptions had to figure out how to get TV without cable or satellite. Whether it was the high cost or lousy service that motivated their decisions to make a change, the setup had to be simple and cost-worthy. This brings us to two basic ways how to get TV channels without cable: 1) Internet TV; and 2) OTA (Over-the-Air) TV. Both setups can be as simple and cost-effective as you want it

Hello world!

مدونة نوفل - Mon, 2017-06-19 12:07

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Test Posting

مدونة نوفل - Wed, 2017-06-07 07:33

Test posting berapa lama index nya ya?

Hello world!

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صباحي

مدونة هيبو - Thu, 2014-05-08 19:11
من خربشاتي
على إيقاع Englishman in new york تنطلق الحافلة ،تهتز بنا وتقفز على المنحدرات المطوية في الطرق ،كأننا أكياس طحين او ربما "شكوات حليب" تمخض لتصبح لبن ... تتوقف الحافلة أمام مبنى أدنوك فخر البلد وحلم المواطنين والوافدين ،تفتح الأكياس اعينها وتتطلع للمبنى العملاق ،لرأس النسر الجارح ،يقتل الحالمين غيظا بنظرته الباردة ... ثم يخطفهم الباص من أحلامهم التي بدأوا يبنونها على البرج ... تخترق الحافلة الكورنيش البهي ثم المدينة الصغيرة العملاقة بأبراجها ،يسارا تتواجد ام بعبايتها السوداء تنتظر رفقة طفلتها التي تقفز غير بعيد عنها تلعب "شريطة" ،تقفز كالكنغر او كأرنب في سعادة !يميناً مباني مغلقة باردة لا حياة فيها لكن السيارات الفارهة أمامها توحي بوجود أغنياء غير مكترثين ..تمر بنا الحافلة امام المسجد الكبير ولا احد فتح عيناه رغم انه تحفة عصرية ربما لمرورنا الدائم عليه ،تمشي الحافلة ببطء فاخترق ببصري صوامعه الشامخة البيضاء المذهبة وقببها الرائعة ... تصميم يتركك تسبح في خيالاتك ثم تعرج بنا الحافلة على المقاهي الشعبية بإعلاناتها الشبيهة بتلك التي في الثمانينات وغير بعيد إشارة مكتوب عليها ميل/حميم ،منطقة الشركات الصامتة المهجورة الا من الموظفين الذين سيتوافدون تباعا على الساعة الثامنة .. ونصل لجامعة خليفة مبنى العلم والثقافة التي هي أسمى أهداف البلد ،بناء يبني جيل بأكمله يمر الاستاذ لبيب يلقي التحية المعتادة كلما يلمح احد ،جويل وجان غائبان اليوم ،لم ارى الأصلع يحيي الطلبة ولا يحييني ... يتجمع البعض يصدرن صخبا تتلاقى خلاله الأيدي والأنوف ثم يختفين داخل فضولهم ... العلم يناديهم !وانا يناديني الم بلادي فلا معيل لها ولأبنائها ولكن لها معيل كبير الا وهو الرب الرحيم . 

كلوا منها.. وأطعموا (قصة قصيرة)

مدونة محمد الساحلي - Mon, 2013-10-14 21:05

على طاولة الإفطار افتتحت زوجته اليوم بسيل تبرمها اللامنتهي. نفقات.. نفقات.. نفقات… والآن لا بد من أضحية للعيد. هي لا يهمها من العيدِ عيدٌ إلا كبش من الوزن الثقيل بقرنين أملحين طويلين تتباهى به أمام جاراتها.

أنهى لقيمة بالكاد عبرت من حلقومه، وحمل التلفاز العتيق وسط دموع أبنائه، وصار نحو السوق. باع التلفاز واقترض مبلغا غير هين من قريب له، ثم توجه نحو سوق الكباش.

ساوم طويلا على كبش، وبالكاد أقنع البائع بتخفيض يسير من السعر.

مد يده لجيب سرواله الخلفي، وكاد قلبه يتوقف. عاد يتحسس جيبه مجددا، وملهوفا، جزِعا، مر على كل جيوبه. لا فائدة. ضاع كل شيء. سرق منه المبلغ في خضم الزحام.

النهاية 1:

انحبست الدموع في مقلتيه وأبى الهواء أن يزور رئتيه وهوى جثة هامدة.

النهاية 2:

التفرع أ: انحبست الدموع في عينيه، ومضى مطأطأ الرأس بلا هدف. وإلى الآن، ما زالت عائلته تنتظر عودته.

التفرع ب: انحبست الدموع في عينيه ومضى مطأطأ الرأس إلى نهاية السوق. توقف قليلا ثم استدار. صار يلاحق ببصره كل داخل إلى السوق. توقف بصره عند رجل بملابس شبه رثة، ولمح الجيب الخلفي المنتفخ.

اندس وسط الزحام، وامتدت يده تنتشل ما في الجيب.

عاد إلى نهاية السوق، وبصره ما يزال معلقا بالرجل. لمحه يساوم والدموع تكاد تفر من عينيه على كبش هزيل جدا. رآه يبتسم أخيرا، ورآه يمد يده لجيب سرواله الخلفي، ورأى وجهه يزرق.. ورآه يهوي جثة هامدة.

WebriQ launches its Beta version of Graphenes CMS

contentmanagementsystem - Tue, 2013-09-10 12:11



It has been almost half a year that we alpha launched our new CMS platform   , a content management software that enables content managers and developers to build and manage websites with an utmost flexibility and rapidity. 

Graphenes is a lightning-fast material that will become the next best thing in processors. That is our goal with Graphenes CMS - become the next best thing in online web content management systems. A lightning-fast piece of software that let's you design, build, configure and publish any content  across all possible hardware devices. All from your browser.

Anyone with a Facebook, Google or Yahoo account can register for a FREE account and you can create as many sites as you want. Your ideas and Feedback are most welcome and we look forward collaborating with advanced content managers and developers from around the globe in order to better our software platform.

Early adopters have already build nice web apps on the Graphenes platform. To name a few Brandtek, Fastezi, BeauteInc, and Parallax scrolling.

ONLINE VISIBILITY and CREDIBILITY -> PROFITABILITY

contentmanagementsystem - Mon, 2013-08-19 17:35



Visibility, Credibility, Profitability. Many of us are familiar with this concept as it relates to business networking. Making yourself visible by showing up at networking events and functions is often where it starts. But before we can graduate into Profitability, we must first build and develop credibility among referral partners, business owners, and consumers. Often, gaining credibility can be a lengthy task and even after it is attained, it is easily lost if you don’t “keep doing what got you there.”

 
Visibility

Online visibility, just like personal visibility, means making the effort to show up in a presentable fashion. Having a web presence that represents your business properly is a good start. Just like you need to make a commitment to attend events regularly and get your name and face “out there”, you need to make a commitment to getting your website “out there” through techniques such as a mobile web presence, email marketing, Social Media Marketing, and Search Engine Marketing.

The more visibility you have online, the better your chances are of attracting that perfect client. Investing the time and/or budget to develop your online assets is imperative if you are expecting to bring in new business via the internet.
 

Credibility

Just as in “real life”, this is the step where people tend to drop the ball. Building credibility takes time and not only do people need to see you consistently, they often need to experience both your expertise and your integrity before they do business with you or refer new business to you.

WebriQ launches it's Beta version of Gridguyz CMS

contentmanagementsystem - Mon, 2013-07-01 11:40

It has been almost half a year that we alpha launched Gridguyz, a collaborative content management software that enables content managers and developers to build and manage websites with an utmost flexibility and rapidity.

We are now entering a new phase of deployment with today's launch of the Beta version of Gridguyz CMS.

 

Anyone with a Facebook, Google or Yahoo account can register for a FREE account and you can create as many sites as you want. Your ideas and Feedback are most welcome and we look forward collaborating with advanced content managers and developers from around the globe in order to better our software platform.

Early adopters have already build nice web apps on the Gridguyz platform. To name a few Brandtek, Fastezi, BeauteInc, and Parallax scrolling – (put the links to those references, mostly cmsguyz links!!!).

If you are interested in publishing your Gridguyz site on the Internet let us know by sending us an e-mail to SUPPORT.

If you are looking to deploy a multisite hosted implementation of Gridguyz or if you are interested in licensing the hosted Gridguyz platform, drop us an e-mail at PARTNERS.

In the course of the month of September we will publish the open source version of Gridguyz CMS in a Github repository. In this post open source software area, where software licensing is becoming almost permissive, Gridguyz CMS will be available under a 2 clause BSD license.

The initial repository will be available with technical documentation and an installer interface.

Register on Gridguyz and we will keep you updated on our progress and send you the link to download the open source version of Gridguyz CMS.

Gridguyz is a WebriQ company. Other brands belonging to the WebriQ Group of companies are Webfactories, Webfactories Australia, Webfactories USA and Webfactories Arabia.  

WebriQ launches its Beta version of Gridguyz CMS

contentmanagementsystem - Mon, 2013-07-01 06:28



It has been almost half a year that we alpha launched Gridguyz, a collaborative content management software that enables content managers and developers to build and manage websites with an utmost flexibility and rapidity. 

We are now entering a new phase of deployment with today's launch of the Beta version of Gridguyz CMS.

Anyone with a Facebook, Google or Yahoo account can register for a FREE account and you can create as many sites as you want. Your ideas and Feedback are most welcome and we look forward collaborating with advanced content managers and developers from around the globe in order to better our software platform.

Early adopters have already build nice web apps on the Gridguyz platform. To name a few Brandtek, Fastezi, BeauteInc, and Parallax scrolling.

If you are interested in publishing your Gridguyz site on the Internet let us know by sending us an e-mail to SUPPORT.

If you are looking to deploy a multisite hosted implementation of Gridguyz or if you are interested in licensing the hosted Gridguyz platform, drop us an e-mail at PARTNERS.

In the course of the month of September we will publish the open source version of Gridguyz CMS in a Github repository. In this post open source software area, where software licensing is becoming almost permissive, Gridguyz CMS will be available under a 2 clause BSD license.

The initial repository will be available with technical documentation and an installer interface.

Register on Gridguyz and we will keep you updated on our progress and send you the link to download the open source version of Gridguyz CMS.

Gridguyz is a WebriQ company. Other brands belonging to the WebriQ Group of companies are Webfactories, Webfactories Australia, Webfactories USA and Webfactories Arabia.  

إكْتَشَفِت إنّو

lebanese nightS - Mon, 2013-04-15 09:56

أبشع سؤال ممكن تسأله لسيدة هو:

شو؟ حامل؟

طبعاً أقصد السؤال وكل مشتقاته:
في شي عالطريق؟
مخباية شي؟ (مع نظرة مريبة للبطن + إبتسامة بلهاء)
شو؟ مافي “إسم الزوج” جونيور؟
بدنا نقلك ماما  قريباً؟؟
هيدا الحكيم كثير شاطر(مع ورقة فيها رقم الدكتور)
….

عزيزي البهيم..بلا هبل!

إكْتَشَفِت إنّو

lebanese nightS - Thu, 2013-01-17 10:33

العَوْلَمَة نزعت الدنيا كلّها

Along came the Dinosaur!

Clattering thoughts - Thu, 2012-12-20 13:34


Photo courtesy of Daniel Ferenčak 

I like dinosaurs. I find them intriguing to say the least. Probably because they belong to a distant era that we only read about in our science curriculum. Or maybe because they have been the subject of public imagination for so long. To be honest, I mostly like them because I know for a fact that those life threatening creatures (well, most of them anyway) don't live among us anymore.... Well that's what I thought until I heard this :

« I'm offered a training in ****** (an IT technology that needn't be named) along with a to-be signed commitment to stay in the organization for the period of 7 years after the training. Of course if I'm willing to leave, all I need to do is pay back the « whole » amount of the training before leaving »

Ok, so let me get this straight. You're offered a training that will obviously not only benefit you but benefit your organization as well. And you are to either seal 7 years of your life with the organization or pay back the whole, apparently not subject to depreciation, amount whenever you choose to leave. That, despite the fact that the technology can become obsolete by the time you hit your second year. Hmmm.

So I asked myself the question : who does that ? Who still does that ? … Dinosaurs, exactly ! But since dinosaurs are supposedly extinct, those must be some special kind of dinosaurs with special powers. So here is today's realization : Super dinosaurs are still living among us. And here is how you can spot one :

  1. Doesn't know he's a dinosaur

  2. Horrible at math* (Not sure he knows of the existence of a calculator)

  3. Still thinks that employees are cogs in his machine and that they can only have access to the knowledge he gracefully hands them (Internet? what's that?)

….And to think that people are discussing Social Capital. Not around here anyway !

On a final note: I stumbled upon this article from Forbes that lists the 10 reasons top talents leave organizations. Something to learn from, I hope!

* A friend made the pertinent remark that he's not really horrible at math, He just makes all the wrong calculations.

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Some Forgotten Online Arab Success Stories

Mosab Ahmad - Wed, 2012-02-22 11:58

When you are haunted by the dream of starting your own "thing" you dive into a domain full of adventures, risks and opportunities, and the more your are ambitious about it, the more you get risks and obstacles on your way, if you keep fighting the results are so rewarding, and you will feel like you own the world, this is why it is important every now and then to get a "spirit chrage", this is the purpose of this post.

 

I found this post on the blog of Aqarmap.com founder. So I created this file. I hope Zobad.net reaches one of these cool exits one day :)

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الدرويش يستعد للرحيل

AlDarweesh | الدرويش - Thu, 2011-10-20 10:52

تحديث: واضح ان لسه لنا عمر... الحمد لله :)

الموضوع مباشرة... كالعادة
اعتبارا من يوم 8 نوفمبر 2011، ينتهي اشتراكي في شركة Host Monster وهي الشركة المستضيفة لهذا الموقع، الدرويش دوت أورج.
ولما كان تجديد الاستضافة - حوالي 107 دولار- فوق قدرتي الشرائية الحالية -معدومة- فسيغلق الموقع إلى أجل لم تتم تسميته بعد على الأقل في اللحظة الحالية..
لدي عرض كريم للاستضافة من أحد الأصدقاء مما سيتطلب احتفاظي بالدومين ويخفض التكلفة إلى 10 دولارات فقط، لكن نقل الاستضافة سيتطلب إعادة بناء الموقع بالكامل مما سيعني -أيضا- إغلاقه لفترة من الزمن، لا تتوقعوا مني استخدام Drupal 7 على استضافة متبرع بها، دروبال 7 هو Windows XP بتاع الاسكربتات، يمتص كل الموارد ويطلب المزيد مهما كانت قدرة السيرفر..!
يعني ألقاكم قريبا بإذن الله، ربما أعود في الفترة الحالية إلى مدونتي القديمة لكن المشكلة أن مشروعي الحالي برمجي أكثر منه تدويني مما يجعل الأخيرة غير ذات نفع كثير بالنسبة لي..
ربنا يسهلها
تحياتي..

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