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A campaign movement, started and fueled by social media, tells Saudi women to make a stand against a law that prevents them from driving their own car.
One month after Manal al-Sherif – a key figure in a social media campaign against a ban for females to drive their own car – was arrested because of posting a Youtube video of herself driving around the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabian women are planning to start driving their cars on Friday to continue her campaign.
The mass driving campaign started when an online movement began two months ago. Saudi’s women’s right activists called for the women to start driving their own car on June 17. Even without any written law against the matter, Saudi Arabia prevents women from driving. The said movement was pushed through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.Read the rest of the article »
Research in Motion Ltd. co-CEO Mike Lazaridis did not mince words in his response to the recent issue of Blackberry boycotts in some Asian countries. Saudi Arabia threatened to ban RIM's device on Friday. Its government was demanding for greater access to the device's encrypted messages.
In an intense interview of Lazaridis by the Wall Street Journal, the Blackberry maker insisted on RIM’s stand to restrict government access to the encrypted information being sent by their device. He reportedly fired back to the threat-imposing countries, saying: “This is about the Internet. Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can’t deal with the Internet, they should shut it off.”
Countries like the UAE, India and this one just in, Indonesia have put on the pressure to the tightly-secured Blackberry by individually delving into the security issue. The co-chief was attempting for negotiation, to say the least. But with the words he lashed out in the interview, it looks to us that the possibilities are slowly diminishing.
“We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don’t have Ph.Ds, and they don’t have a degree in computer science.”
Lazaridis’ concern must not be overlooked though: letting down encrypted data would risk the international and favorable reputation of Blackberry of tight security, which can affect corporate choices on the “smartphone” that is Blackberry.View Article Source »
Starting later this month, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will ban BlackBerry services. Due to some security concerning the handset, it's all goodbye to RIM's mobile email, web browsing and messages.
The United Arab Emirates is planning to block BlackBerry email, messaging and web browsing services starting October. Due to the unmonitored, encrypted data sent on the devices abroad, the government cites this as a potential security threat. This decision will prevent thousands of BlackBerry users to access their email and web on their handset. Whether the ban will extend to foreign visitors with roaming services is still unclear. The BlackBerry crackdown will do more harm on the country’s ill-reputed emirate. Such action from the government will make foreign businesses think twice before putting up a shop in the country. An hour after UAE’s decision of blocking BlackBerry services, the desert kingdom Saudi Arabia said that it would do the same later this month.
The Government censors of both countries routinely block access on websites and other media that may carry content contrary to the nation’s values. According to the UAE Regulators, the BlackBerry devices operate outside the enacted national security and safety laws of 2007.Read the rest of the article »
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