Visit to Qatar

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after my first visit to the country of Qatar. It was a lightning visit of only two days (Sunday and Monday), with a focus on attending the World Economic Forum's Global Redesign Summit 2010 (the GRI). And, I had promised Abbas to connect him to the Mada Center in Qatar.

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Qatar Interview Series: Learn How Mada is Leading the Way in Global Web Accessibility Standards

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Welcome to the first of our ongoing interview series on organizations in Qatar that are doing great things in the online space. Qatar is deeply invested in the innovation of information technology, and eager to see its citizens adopt new tools and resources as they become available in the global arena. Our first interview focuses on the nonprofit organization Qatar Assistive Technology Center (more commonly known as Mada).

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ictQATAR Web Redesign Demonstrates Technology Leadership in the Gulf

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The site debuted in early April after a global effort between ictQATAR communications staff and the Forum One team. The site debuted in early April after a global effort between ictQATAR communications staff and the Forum One team. Influence Qatar

Bookshare International Now Serves Thirty Countries

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Our Bookshare team has also been working on a special project with Qatar’s Mada Assistive Technology Center to add Arabic-language books to the collection. DAISY accessibility International a11y Norway Austria global library Brazil Bookshare Arabic MadaPeople with print disabilities around the world have a right to high-quality ebooks that they can read with assistive technology.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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These publisher agreements have also included permissions to distribute books outside the United States: most frequently, we are provided global rights. Now, more than 30,000 current copyrighted books are available globally on Bookshare to thousands of users. • Bookshare now has hundreds of titles in Hindi, Tamil, and Spanish, and we recently announced a partnership with the government of Qatar to develop an Arabic language service.

Entrepreneurship and Internet Diplomacy in the Muslim and Arab World

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Currently, we are working on building clientele in Doha, Qatar as we continue to work with longtime partners the Supreme Education Council and the Supreme Council of Information Communication and Technology. Speakers included Pradeep Ramamurthy , the National Security Council's Senior Director for Global Engagement and Farouk Shami , a Palestinian-American businessman, who founded a large Houston-based company that produces hair-care and spa products.

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