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.”
The National: How the first Emirati Arabic dialect database will support struggling pupils. “The Emirati dialect has for the first time been turned into a database to work towards identifying development and speech disorders in children. A research project at UAE University’s Department of Linguistics has copyrighted its own corpus of the Emirati Arabic language. It includes a database of transcribed texts based on six children speaking with their carers at home.”
Tahawul Tech: UAE Federal National Council calls for stricter social media regulations. “Members of the Federal National Council has reportedly called for stricter regulations for social media platforms. The FNC endeavours to combat online misinformation, fake news and hate speech through stricter regulations on the platform.”
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.”