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 email@example.com
The Omani version of Despacito has become an international viral hit accumulating over 2,000,000 views on YouTube within about a week of its release, yet the creation of this kind of artistic work is actually prohibited by the Omani copyright law.
The extent to which the Omani government can regulate cultural content is increasingly declining as more people download their movies, TV shows, video games, and books from the Internet.
The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has recently updated the official government data portal making it a much more useful resource for members of the public.
In what appears to be an austerity measure, SQU has recently adopted a new policy that limits the Internet bandwidth available to its users to 500MBs per device per day. This seriously cripples the utility of the Internet to SQU students and limits their ability to access educational materials on the Internet.
Oman TV has traditionally controlled the production of video content about Oman and consequently controlled the way the world views Oman and the way Omanis perceive themselves on TV. The growing popularity of independently produced shows on YouTube is finally allowing us to see a different Oman from that presented by the official TV channel.