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Breaking: UN eGovernment Survey 2012 is out: UAE Tops Arab World and ranked top 10 in online servicesally

The United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) has just revealed the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2012 in New York. ِAccording to the UN eGovernment Index – a major component of the report that ranks the world countries covered by the report according to the advancement of their eGovernment programs  – UAE is now ranked 29th globally and tops all Arab countries.


نسخة عربية لسياسة تويتر الجديدة لحجب المحتوى

قبل ساعات، أعلن موقع تويتر عن سياسته الجديدة والمتمثلة في حجب تغريدات معينة في دول محددة عندما يطلب منه ذلك مع إبقائها متاحة في باقي الدول حول العالم. ومن أجل مساعدة مستخدمي تويتر المتحدثين بالعربية في فهم هذه السياسة بشكل أفضل، أقدم فيما يلي ترجمة للإعلان الرسمي من تويتر حول هذا الموضوع علماً أن هذه الترجمة ليست رسمية:

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Emirates eGovernment’s 12 Major Milestones in 2011

In various levels, 2011 was both important and busy year for the eGovernment in UAE. Emirates eGovernment – the entity managing the program – took more strategic steps towards promoting open government and citizen participation practices by launching the open government data sub-portal and launching a government-wide social media usage guidelines. On the organizational side, the General Information Authority (the entity used to handle the eGovernmetn program) was merged with Telecom Regulatory Authority.

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Social Media and Arab Women’s Empowerment – New Report

A new report issued today by Dubai School of Government aimed at exploring the possible role social media platforms play in empowering the Arab women. This third issue of the Arab Social Media Report (ASMR) series explores the factors behind the low usage rates of social media among Arab women as compared to the men’s usage and the global women average. In addition, the report highlights how Arab women perceive social media and some key usage trends, the report features cases like the Saudi’s Women 2 Drive campaign  on Twitter and Facebook  and the HarrasMap initiative in Egypt.

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Is a wide ban on using smart devices in Saudi’s public sector the best choice?

The Saudi Gazette recently reported that “Government may ban all its employees from using smartphones and tablets, such as iPhones, iPads, and BlackBerry devices, during working hours after receiving complaints from the public“.

The paper offered no details about the  complaints received but inserted its comment: “It is quite common to find government employees at numerous service-based government agencies answering their mobiles and, in many cases, leaving the office to answer personal calls“.

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من تويتر إلى جميرا

في اليوم الأخير من عطلة الاحتفال باليوم الوطني الأربعين لدولة الامارات العربية المتحدة ، ازدحم تويتر بالوسم (#CleaningJumierah) وهو الوسم الخاص بمبادرة لتنظيف شوارع منطقة جميرا في دبي من مخلفات الاحتفال بهذه المناسبة.  بدأت المبادرة بدعوة من (7ooreed@)  على تويتر صباح السبت والتي حددت في تغرديتها مكان وزمان التجمع لبدء حملة التنظيف ثم بادرت بنفسها بالوصول إلى المكان والبدء في التنظيف، وبسرعة انتشرت التغريدة ومعها الوسم بين المغردين في جميرا ومناطق أخرى في دبي والذين سارع كثير منهم للانضمام إلى المبادرة والمشاركة في تنظيف جميرا.

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ICEGOV 2011 – My Reflections (Part 1) : Leadership and Open Government

I spent the last week of September in Tallinn – the calm capital of Estonia to participate in the 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011). It was my first time to make it to this conference series and was happy to be organized in Estonia which is widely recognized for being one of the “fully functioning” eGovernments around the world.

The conference website offers full information about it including the presentations, videos and photos of its sessions and activities, but I would like to dedicate this post and other upcoming ones to share some of my personal reflections on the conference.

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How to invite your friends to Google+?

As I’m having fun inviting people to the new social networking service Google +, many asked me on how they can invite their friends (since Google has temporarily shut down the invitation mechanism).  Here are the steps I’m following to do that:

  • Create a new empty Circle and name it something like “Gmail contacts”
  • Add the people you want to invite to that circle (by adding their Gmails)
Google+ Circle

Gmail Contacts Circle

  • Write  a status update in your Google+ stream, it could be anything like “inviting my friends on Gmail”
  • In the “+ add circles or people to share with…” below the status box add the circle you created in the first step and don’t forget to tick the checkbox “also email # people not using Google+”
Google+ Status

Creating Status on Goolge+

  • Click the Share button.
  • Your invited friends should receive an email contain your status update and a link to Google+.
Google+ status update email

Google+ status update email

  • They should click that link to the post with a “Join Google +” button.


I’ve been using this method the whole day and it worked perfectly for me! So try it and share your experience with me in the comment area below.

Note: I came across this method in several sites like Gizmodo and TechChruch but wasn’t as clear as I’m posting it here.