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
Arabic domain names have been available in Oman for several years now, but it appears that they face many challenges that make their adoption unlikely.
The latest regulations issued by the Ministry of Higher Education to govern scientific research activities in the colleges of applied sciences signal the growing recognition of the importance of scientific research in Oman, but the provisions of these regulations do not seem to acknowledge the new reality of how research is disseminated.
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.