Phys .org: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world

Phys .org: Podcasters find niche in the Arab world . “Rana Nawas left the corporate world nearly two years ago to produce and host a podcast—one that is now considered the most popular in the Arab world. The English-language series, ‘When Women Win’, tells the stories of successful women from all over the world and, according to Apple, has become the most listened to podcast in the Middle East.”

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online. I mentioned the initiative for this archive back in 2017. “The online portal contains 250,000 priceless archives. The majority are text documents and come from British foreign office files about the Gulf but photographs and video footage from the UAE are also included…. Work on digitising the documents began two years ago and the collection that has gone online is vast. Letters, treaties, maps and telegrams chart 200 years of intrigue, political strife, war, independence and progress. It would take researchers months to go through them all but some catch the eye immediately.”

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018 . “The international center, which specializes in analyzing data from conflicts worldwide, confirmed that the data which it has included from the Syrian Network for Human Rights on the Syrian conflict in 2018 led to the inclusion of more than 1,100 additional events to its database for 2018, with this information mostly covering events which were not previously documented in the Center’s database for the year.”

Ars Technica: Declassified photos from U2 planes are helping archaeologists unlock the past

Ars Technica: Declassified photos from U2 planes are helping archaeologists unlock the past. “During the 1950s and 1960s, US spy planes made regular flights across Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East, photographing the terrain to track military targets. A chunk of the Middle Eastern photographs were declassified in 1997, and now those airborne images are helping archaeologists track changing features in the landscape that in many cases are no longer visible today, according to a new paper published in Advances in Archaeological Practice.”

PR Newswire: Journals Published by Arab Research Community Set to Benefit From Greater Global Visibility (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Journals Published by Arab Research Community Set to Benefit From Greater Global Visibility (PRESS RELEASE). “An agreement between the Association of Arab Universities and Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has been reached to co-create the Arab Journals Platform, an open electronic network of scholarly journals that will help raise awareness of leading research carried out in the Arab world.”

ZDNet: Saudi caller ID app leaves data of 5+ million users in unsecured MongoDB server

ZDNet: Saudi caller ID app leaves data of 5+ million users in unsecured MongoDB server. “Dalil, an Android app that provides caller ID services similar to Truecaller but for Saudi and other Arabian users, has been leaking user data for a week because of a MongoDB database that has been left accessible online without a password.”

Kuwait – ‘Govt mulls control of social media accounts, curb chaos’ (MENAFN)

MENAFN: Kuwait – ‘Govt mulls control of social media accounts, curb chaos’. “The government has been considering the need to issue a legislation for controlling social media and reducing, if possible, fake accounts that are regarded as sources of destruction and corruption. This was mentioned in a letter submitted to the National Assembly by MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel, requesting the government to explain the procedures that have been taken so far concerning fake accounts and news that have negative implications on Kuwait.”