UAE media regulator in talks with Google

Officials from both organisations discuss media cooperation

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UAE media regulator in talks with Google Google and the UAE National Media Council are collaborating on an Internet legislation framework.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  May 30, 2010

Internet giant Google will be working with the UAE National Media Council (NMC) on a framework for Internet legislation and electronic publishing in the country.

According to a WAM report, Google was briefed on the role of the NMC in regulating the media sector in the country during a high-level meeting held at Dubai Internet City on Friday.

The meeting was attended by Ibrahim Al Abed, director general of the NMC, along with Mohammed Abdullah, director of the Dubai Media City, Malik Al Malik, director general of the Dubai Internet City and Ahmed Najib, IT director at the NMC. Google was represented by Shona L. Brown, senior VP of Business Operations, Nelson Mattos, VP of engineering for the EMEA region, and several other officials.

Google was recently in the news for its global censorship policy, with the firm revealing that it regularly receives requests from governments around the world to restrict or remove certain content from their products.

Joanne Kubba, manager of Global Communications and Public Affairs at Google MENA, states however that there have been no requests for removal of content or even calls for the disclosure of user data from countries in the Arab world.

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