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Israelis arrest in dark internet probe

Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of setting up a “dark” Internet site that was used to buy weapons, drugs and stolen credit cards, Israeli police said on Tuesday. The suspects, in their mid-30s, were arrested during a joint investigation with the FBI and Israel’s cyber crime unit. Further …

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Digital wallet system launched in UAE

Dubai’s Department of Finance, DoF, in collaboration with Smart Dubai and emaratech, has launched “noqodi”, a digital wallet to facilitate payments of fees for government services. The new payment channel allows individual and corporate customers to pay quickly, easily and securely for different government and non-government fees under Dubai Pay, …

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Assange in custody over skipping bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British court on Wednesday for skipping bail when he holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy for seven years until police dragged him out last month. Assange sought refuge in the embassy in June 2012 to avoid an …

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5G infrastructure pioneering UAE’s digital transformation

Fifth generation, 5G, infrastructure is set to become the nervous system of the ‘Digital Society’ and ‘Digital Economy’, a top official of Etisalat said. Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Corporate Strategy and Governance Officer of Etisalat Group, added that the 5G promise will enable boundless connectivity, deliver sustainable innovation, accelerate digital …

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Iraq banning violent computer games

Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ban popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their “negative” influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed. Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide …

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UAE and Jordan targets public sector

The UAE and Jordan have launched a new phase of their strategic partnership to modernize government work and upgrade the institutional system in the public sector. Areas of cooperation include developing government services with a focus on smart solutions, enhancing institutional performance, promoting innovation, cultivating leadership skills, building competencies, as …

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WAM Majlis launched

The Emirates News Agency, WAM, today launched a forum titled, ‘WAM Majlis’, which will engage with UAE officials on national developments. The WAM Majlis will take place on a monthly basis, hosting ministers and senior officials to share updates on key projects and agendas that their institutions are undertaking, while …

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Facebook taking down Russian and Iranian accounts

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has removed more accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo, citing what it described as “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” A total of 2,632 pages, groups, and accounts were removed from Facebook and Instagram for operations linked to the above mentioned countries, the social media platform …

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International Government Communication Forum calls on media as tool of soft power

Discussions at the eighth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2019) have stressed that the media needs to assume a transformational role and governments need to communicate more strategically to increase their ‘soft power’ currencies, which have emerged to play a key role in shaping and maintaining a nation’s international image. …

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Facebook roundly condemned in UAE

For many months now, Facebook has been wrestling with concerns from its subscribers, legislators, consumer and privacy advocates the world over that it was too invasive, too lax, too carefree with the vast troves of personal data committed to its servers, said the Gulf News, adding that the social networking …

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Sharjah Government Media Bureau announces communication award winner

The International Government Communication Centre, IGCC, a subsidiary of Sharjah Government Media Bureau, SGMB, has announced that winner of the Sharjah Government Communication Award, SGCA’s, ‘Best Behaviour Change Campaign or Initiative’ category will be decided by a public vote. The move to introduce this particular category to public voting is …

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End-to-end digital transformation launched at UAE bank

Emirates NBD today announced a planned end-to-end digital transformation of its transaction banking platform. The transformation is part of the banking group’s AED1 billion commitment to digitise operations, products and services, enhancing its proposition to corporate clients and retail customers. Supported by transaction banking and technology specialist Intellect Design Arena …

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Our Global Repressive Political Future

By Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com) 29 January 2019   As one looks out over the global scene, the outlook for democratic societies appears increasingly dismal. (I’ll avoid a complex discussion here about definitions of “democratic,” simply to note the broad spectrum of democracies that exist, each flawed in its own …

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