JOSA advocates for an open and healthy Internet in Jordan. We continuously monitor Internet governance, Internet censorship, network throttling, net neutrality issues, and legal frameworks affecting the Internet’s openness.
Our recent activities include:
Measuring Facebook live-streaming interference during protests
In mid-2019 we published a report in collaboration with the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) which detailed findings of network interference (more specifically Facebook’s network) interference during protests in late 2018 early 2019. We also organised a talk to go through the details of the technical report.
Monitoring freedom of expression online cases
In partnership with SMEX, we are monitoring cases of detentions related to online freedom of expression and publishing our findings on the online observatory, muhal.org. The site will act as a repository of such cases starting January of 2020.
Monitoring legislation limiting the open Internet
We campaigned against current and proposed legislation that threaten or limit Jordanians’ freedom of expression online including, the Press and Publications Law and the Cybercrime Law.
Net neutrality recommendations adopted by Jordan
In 2018, the government of Jordan adopted our recommendations on net neutrality. The principles state that Internet Service Providers must treat the network equally, and avoid slowing down the Internet or charging differently based on the content the user is trying to access.