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
Internet censorship might be justified in some circumstances, but there must be checks and balances in place to ensure that this censorship does not restrict our rights for freedom of expression and access to knowledge.
According to the telecommunications law, using any form of encryption in communications is illegal in Oman without a licence from the Minister of Transport and Communications. This legal provision is impossible to enforce and sends the wrong message about the importance of encryption and security to members of the public.
For the first time in 21 years, a substantial amount of new works will enter the public domain in the United States allowing everyone to copy, translate, and remix significant cultural works without fear of copyright infringement.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has entered into force earlier this year, and many Omani entities, both public and private, are still questioning the extent to which they are required to comply with this European law.
The options for legally listening to music free of charge have significantly increased in Oman now that Spotify, the popular music streaming service, is finally available to users in our country.