Gulf News: Citizen science volunteers to monitor and protect UAE’s coral reefs

Gulf News: Citizen science volunteers to monitor and protect UAE’s coral reefs. “The research is being led by Reef Check UAE and is part of a wider global effort that sees citizen scientists from around the world collecting data on the oceans’ coral reefs, with all the data and information being shared within the group’s global database, which is then used to compare the status of coral reefs in different parts of the world.”

The National: UAE’s paid social media influencers will need licence under new media rules

The National: UAE’s paid social media influencers will need licence under new media rules. “Social media influencers who make money from promoting brands and businesses will need to secure a media licence under new regulations. The move would work to professionalise and regulate the industry, the National Media Council said on Tuesday. The licence would be similar to those that magazines and newspapers acquire from the authorities.”

The National: New digital portal encourages visitors to explore hidden Abu Dhabi

The National: New digital portal encourages visitors to explore hidden Abu Dhabi. “Did you know that the Saluki comes from a breed of dogs called greyhounds? Or that Delma Island helped quench Abu Dhabi city’s thirst for water in the 20th century? A landmark new digital portal that answers these questions and showcases the cultural riches of the emirate has been launched. It also shines a light on some of the hidden gems and takes users off the beaten track outside of the major attractions of the capital. Encompassing a new website, smartphone app and social media platforms, Abu Dhabi Culture is a one-stop guide for arts, culture and heritage.”

Emirates News Agency: Haya bint Al Hussein launches Humanitarian Logistics Databank

Emirates News Agency: Haya bint Al Hussein launches Humanitarian Logistics Databank. “The long-awaited solution is an information sharing platform dedicated to emergency preparedness and response. It facilitates the collection and sharing of data in real-time on prepositioned aid and humanitarian assets, helping to make emergency responses more timely and cost-efficient…. The Databank will employ automated tracking of aid movements based on customs data from ports, airports, and other entry points. It will provide the global humanitarian community with information on the exact positioning of critical relief items such as food, medicine and shelter, making them accessible to all cooperating parties. This platform will improve collaboration and will help avoid bottlenecks in ports and airports.” It appears to be very early days for this initiative, the announcement also notes: “In its first phase, the Humanitarian Logistics Databank, will begin gathering data on aid shipments from Dubai in 2018. It will then be replicated in other humanitarian hubs across the world by January 2019.”

Khaleej Times: Social media users warned against anti-UAE campaigns

Khaleej Times: Social media users warned against anti-UAE campaigns. “Emirates News Agency (Wam) has warned against anti-UAE campaigns being spread on the social media. Fabricated news and photoshopped images are being spread on various social media platforms to defame the UAE and destabilise its security, Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi, executive director of Wam has said. Many Twitterati and social media savvy users believed that Qatar is behind these propaganda, and they create photoshopped screengrabs and lookalikes of official UAE websites to support their propaganda.”

UK National Archives: Joint project with UAE to create new website

UK National Archives: Joint project with UAE to create new website. UAE in this case stands for United Arab Emirates. “We plan to launch a new website – the Arabian Gulf Digital Archive – with approximately 500,000 images of The National Archives’ records. These will come from a number of The National Archives’ record series and will focus on documents relevant to the UAE, mainly from Foreign Office series as well as from our Cabinet Office collections. This is the first phase of the project which will proceed with other phases as we discover more documents to be digitised and published online.”

UAE: Showing sympathy for Qatar on social media is a cybercrime (Al Arabiya)

Al Arabiya: UAE: Showing sympathy for Qatar on social media is a cybercrime. “UAE General Prosecutor Hamad Saif Al-Shamsi warned early Wednesday that showing any sympathy for Qatar on social media is a cybercrime, punishable by the law, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. Shamsi warned social media users that any pro-Qatar participation online could land them from three up to 15 years in prison or at least 500,000 dirhams ($136,000) in fines.”