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
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.
With the recent publication of the Mango Encyclopaedia, Oman has once again demonstrated that it is capable of producing world-class resources of knowledge, but it has also demonstrated that it does not understand how members of the public access knowledge nowadays.
A major international treaty to support access to copyright works by the visually impaired entered into force, and Oman should consider joining it to ensure that visually impaired persons in the country can enjoy their rights to education and to access culture.