“Your generation is blessed. Everybody has a phone now, internet is accessible everywhere, satellite TV is available in almost every home. What more do you need?”
This was thrown at me by a middle-aged Jordanian taxi driver who took me from the Amman airport to the Arab Bloggers Meeting last month. I was trying to share with him my frustration about the situation of freedom of expression in the Arab world.
Three years earlier, I may have agreed with the man’s comment. Today it seems to encapsulate almost all that is wrong with the way some of us still think about how technology can change things.
استضافت عمّان الأسبوع الماضي أربعة أيام مبهجة مفعمة لملتقى المدونين العرب 2014، حيث اجتمع مدونون من شتى أرجاء الوطن العربي ليتعارفوا ويتبادلوا الخبرات ويحكوا التجارب ويستعرضوا المشاريع. كان الملتقى قد عقد لأول مرة في 2008 ببيروت، ومرة ثانية ببيروت أيضًا في 2009 ثم الملتقى الثالث في 2011 في تونس، وها هو يعقد مجددًا في عمّان. تلقيت الدعوة من الأصوات العالمية، التي أدوّن فيها، وكانت فرصة مميّزة.
I lived in Amman for two years and a half and have since visited it several times, so it was nice to be back once again for the Arab Bloggers Meeting. I spent my first day with a close and art loving friend in the part I missed most, Jebel Amman. Our first stop was at Sufra Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Jebel Amman, which offered a wide variety of jordanian appetizers and main courses accompanied with freshly baked bread just out of the ‘tanour’. Continue reading Noon Arabia: A Day in Jebel Amman→