REACH demands review of software censorship in Jordan

The Jordan based REACH Advisory Council has called for a review of the country’s software censorship policies in the belief that it has a negative impact on Jordan’s IT industry.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  April 1, 2002

The Jordan based REACH Advisory Council has called for a review of the country’s software censorship policies in the belief that tampered with software packages reduce end user satisfaction and have a negative impact on Jordan’s IT industry.

Int@j, Jordan’s Information Technology Association, also highlighted the practical implications of the ongoing censorship procedures to the IT industry, arguing that damaged software packages and delays in its delivery may cause breaches in customer contracts.

“The issue of software censorship needs to be resolved in a comprehensive manner, ensuring that the IT sector is afforded every opportunity to compete and grow; such barriers need to be removed through collective action from all concerned authorities,” says Dr. Fawaz H. Zu’bi, Minister of Post and Communications and chairman of the REACH Advisory Council.

REACH believes that the opening of sealed software packages may void the products warranty and vendors could incur financial losses as consumers refuse to accept opened goods.

“Jordan can remove hurdles that hinder the growth of the sector thereby improving the business climate for technology vendors and encouraging them to continue to do business with Jordanian companies,” adds Dr. Zu’bi.

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