Riyadh Abdul Aziz
Riyadh Abdul Aziz is a blogger interested in the relationship between the web and society who works as a legal researcher for the government of Oman. He is interested in technology, intellectual property, and law. You can e-mail Riyadh at firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent campaign to boycott telecommunication companies demonstrates that Omanis now view the right to use communication services as a fundamental right that they are entitled to, and the authority must protect this right.
Intellectual property laws are meant to provide an incentive for authors to create, but when these laws become so excessively protective they can prohibit creativity and restrict inventors from producing inventions that benefit society.
Even though it is widely accepted that Internet censorship is a futile attempt at controlling the uncontrollable, the efforts that states - in our region and beyond - put in censorship appear to be increasing, not decreasing.
The Omani government has made progress in making some of its data available to the public, but very little has been done until now in regard to judicial data.
The recently-inaugurated National Museum must be commended for its accessibility efforts and its forward-thinking approach towards openness and photography.