YOU ARE PUB­LIC SO­CIAL ME­DIA IN QATAR AND THE BANE OF PER­SONAL IN­FOR­MA­TION OUT IN THE OPEN

Qatar Today - - AFFAIRS - BY KEER­TANA KO­DURU

QatarToday pon­ders whether the ac­tive so­cial me­dia users

in Qatar are be­ing smart in the vir­tual world?

Qatari en­tre­pre­neur and founder of So­cial Me­dia So­lu­tions, a com­pany whose clients in­clude the Min­istry of In­te­rior (MOI), Al Jazeera Net­work and Qatar Busi­ness In­cu­ba­tion Cen­ter (QBIC) amongst many oth­ers, Ammar Mo­hammed says that “The Arab rev­o­lu­tion is led by so­cial me­dia which en­cour­ages peo­ple to­wards free­dom of thought and speech. It will take time for peo­ple to change their men­tal­ity and the cost in­volved to ed­u­cate peo­ple on how to ad­ver­tise while safe­guard­ing their pri­vacy is high. But this is an im­por­tant is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed now. Qataris have the no­tion that so­cial me­dia is a waste of time.”

In the GCC re­gion alone, 40% of peo­ple use the in­ter­net for more than 20 hours a week. Re­cent stud­ies by ic­tQatar show that more than a quar­ter of MENA in­ter­net users were very con­cerned about their on­line con­tent be­ing mon­i­tored. The re­cent ac­ci­dent at one of the five-star ho­tels in Doha ex­plains an­other con­cern. A per­son driv­ing a Mercedes-Benz SUV, af­ter cir­cling around the park­ing space, rammed into a parked Rolls-Royce. For rea­sons un­known, the two peo­ple who recorded the in­ci­dent us­ing their phones and later shared it on so­cial me­dia were ar­rested along with the driver of the Benz. The video footage had gone vi­ral. Qatar's cy­ber­crime

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