Through our policy work, we aim to lay out the groundwork for privacy-preserving legislative frameworks. We participate in panels both local and regional, submit policy proposals, and push technology companies and government bodies to protect user data.

Highlighted Activities

April 2021

Coded Bias watch party at JOSA community

Jordan Open Source Association's community hosted a streaming party for Coded Bias, a Netflix documentary directed by Shalini Kantayya. The documentary follows researchers and advocates as they explore and explain the bias that gets encoded by default depending on the data it feeds off, and then how that solidifies bias in real life consequently. The documentary also touches on ethical issues in different domains, in Big Tech and the options they present the users given the massive data they collect about each person. In governance and how biometric surveillance is the norm in China and is making its way into Western countries. In the job market where computer-based evaluation might falsely mess with the livelihood of people.

The documentary was streamed through Netflix teleparty feature while JOSA community members joined a voice channel on JOSA's discord server. A very engaging discussion about the movie ensued afterwards, expanding on general AI ethics and how we needed a regulatory entity for AI implementation in Jordan according to sound principles, in addition to other related ethical and legal topics as the conversation streamed.

Be sure to join the JOSA community to catch the next streaming party.

April 2021

Webinar on personal data protection at King's Academy

A data protection and privacy webinar was given by Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA)'s and hosted by King's Academy. The webinar was given to around 60 attendees including students, parents and faculty members. The webinar aimed to raise awareness about which data gets collected by different apps and websites, and how the private data might be passed to third parties without the knowledge nor the agreement of the users.
Raya Sharbain, JOSA's program coordinator, led the webinar and gave a talk on the importance and the methods of proper legal data collection, protection and storage, the possible consequences of the failure to do so, the results of data breaches and the invasion of personal data by big tech companies. Sharbain also touched upon end-to-end encryption and how it augments privacy.

Featured Articles

Public cameras/CCTV in Amman

Ever been in a speeding car that was caught by a radar? The cameras that monitor our streets make them safer, but what does that mean for our privacy and rights to protest? This article answers these questions and raises concerns about the laws regarding our rights to privacy, by Yara AlRafie

Statement on the Targeting of Jordanians by Spyware

The Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) denounces the targeting of multiple officials, activists, journalists and lawyers in Jordan through the «Pegasus» spyware -developed by the Israeli company NSO- and other hacking tools. JOSA expresses full solidarity with the targeted individuals and demands protection for those and for all Jordanians against such attacks.

Did you know?

In 2018, at the 31st session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the United Nations Humans Rights Council (UN-OHCHR), Jordan obtained for the first time in its history recommendations regarding the right to privacy, following JOSA’s report which was co-submitted with Privacy International, and efforts from more than 15 diplomatic missions.

What does privacy mean?

Privacy means that users have the ability to seclude the information they choose from the rest of the world. Privacy is a fundamental right enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It strengthens other rights such as freedom of expression and opinion, and freedom of association. Your right to privacy is manyfold, it means: 1) the technology you use is built in such a way that makes it nearly impossible for attackers to intercept your communications (with strong encryption), 2) the law protects your right in case of infringement and holds entities that store and process your personal data accountable, 3) the law limits government surveillance within necessary and proportionate principles, and 4) any attempts to undermine strong encryption is prohibited.