France24: Gulf, Egypt jail activists amid social media crackdown. “Courts in the Gulf and Egypt have upheld jail terms against leading activists in a crackdown on protesting through social media, marking a somber end to 2018 for rights campaigners. In both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, prominent campaigners lost their appeals on Monday against lengthy prison terms over their online posts.”
The National: UAE social media influencers call for fairer deals and more transparency. “Leading social media influencers and bloggers have hit out at companies across the UAE for not valuing the services and expertise they provide. Individuals claimed their profession was at times underappreciated in the Emirates and was certainly often undervalued.”
The National: UAE issues guidelines for sponsored social media posts. “New regulations banning the use of terms such as ‘hops’ and ‘grapes’ in promotional content are among a host of guidelines issued by the National Media Council on Monday, governing all types of advertising. For the first time, the guidelines also include paid-for content on social media, along with conventional print and online advertising.”
The National: New UAE national database to track hazardous and non-hazardous waste. “A new national waste database has been launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. The bilingual system will compile and analyse data on waste generated across the country and track hazardous and non-hazardous waste levels. It will also create monthly and yearly reports on the amount of waste generated, treatment methods used and the percentage of treated waste in each emirate. It also will compare the output with national targets and global waste competitiveness indicators.”
Tahawul Tech: UAE National Archives updates smart platform. “The UAE National Archives has launched three new publications that are available on its smart platform, WAM reported. The digital archive now includes publications such as the biography of the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and another on crucial moments in the UAE’s history.” I think WAM in this case is the Emirates News Agency.
BBC News: The online war between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “A year-long political conflict between the tiny, wealthy state of Qatar and its larger neighbours – including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – has been fought with a new arsenal of weapons: bots, fake news and hacking.”
Amnesty International: UAE: Activist Ahmed Mansoor sentenced to 10 years in prison for social media posts. “The jailing of a prominent human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for posts he made on Facebook and Twitter is a devastating blow to freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International said today. Ahmed Mansoor was this week sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined 1,000,000 Emirati Dirham (approximately USD $270,000) for posts he made on social media.”