90 million videos viewed daily on YouTube in KSA

Updated 29 April 2014
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90 million videos viewed daily on YouTube in KSA

More than 90 million videos are viewed on YouTube in the Kingdom daily, said Nawaf Al-Sahhaf, CEO of the Badir Technology Incubator Program, during an event to mark the first-ever local YouTube roadshow event at Riyadh’s Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday.
YouTube representatives from around the globe are in the Kingdom to mark the event. The Badir program was launched by the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
Daily views on YouTube have increased by 50 percent compared with 2012, with a staggering 167 million daily views in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone and 4 billion views globally, according to the latest statistics.
In addition, 60 hours of video footage are uploaded to YouTube per minute in the MENA region.
“The initiative aims to support and encourage Saudi entrepreneurs and pioneers to take advantage of YouTube in the development of their projects in line with the Badir objective to provide technical support to emerging entrepreneurs,” said Al-Sahhaf. “This program has been designed to develop the capacity of Saudi leaders and entrepreneurs in order to encourage a culture of self-employment in the next generation,” he said.
Statistics show that there are more than 13 million Internet users in the Kingdom, of whom more than 50 percent use Twitter and 42 percent use Facebook.
Al-Sahhaf reminded the audience that Saudi Arabia is the largest market for social networking sites in the region, with the largest number of YouTube users in the world, and that more than 60 percent of the Kingdom’s population use smartphones.
Two-thirds of YouTube users are between the ages of 18 and 34, of whom 83 percent use the Internet on a daily basis.
Marenco Kemp, head of YouTube EMEA Online Partnerships, said 1 billion people use YouTube every month, which is equivalent to one out of every two Internet users.
David Rupert, head of the EMEA YouTube team, said emphasis was placed on providing tremendous support to partners, content creators and guide content creators. Rupert also said that YouTube would launch a special website for Saudi Arabia.



Google, meanwhile, has created investment opportunities to facilitate business operations and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders.


EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks

Updated 17 May 2019
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EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks

  • The EU can now impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals, firms and state bodies implicated in cyberattacks
  • Sanctions will be considered if a cyberattack is determined to have had a ‘significant impact’ on its target

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Friday adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds.
EU ministers meeting in Brussels said the 28-nation group would now, for the first time, be able to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals, firms and state bodies implicated in such attacks.
“The Council (of EU countries) established a framework which allows the EU to impose targeted restrictive measures to deter and respond to cyberattacks,” it said in a statement.
It added that sanctions will be considered if a cyberattack is determined to have had a “significant impact” on its target.
The goal is to bolster the security of EU institutions, firms and individuals against what Britain called an increase in the “scale and severity” of cyberattacks globally.
“This is decisive action to deter future cyberattacks,” British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said after Britain and its EU partners drafted the measures.
“For too long now, hostile actors have been threatening the EU’s security through disrupting critical infrastructure, attempts to undermine democracy and stealing commercial secrets and money running to billions of euros,” Hunt said.
“Our message to governments, regimes and criminal gangs prepared to carry out cyberattacks is clear,” Britain’s top diplomat added.
“Together, the international community will take all necessary steps to uphold the rule of law and the rules based international system which keeps our societies safe.”
The British government has pledged to continue close cooperation with the EU after it leaves the bloc in line with the 2016 referendum.
Under the sanctions regime, diplomats said, the 28 EU countries would have to vote unanimously to impose sanctions after meeting a legal threshold of significant impact.
For example, countries would look at the scope and severity of disruption to economic and other activities, essential services, critical state functions, public order or public safety, diplomats said.
They would examine the number of people and EU countries affected and determine how much money, intellectual property and data have been stolen.
EU diplomats told reporters it could also cover the hacking of European elections by a third party or country. Elections for a new European Parliament take place May 23-26.
In line with US intelligence assessments, EU officials highlight in particular the threat of disinformation and election hacking from Russia.
EU countries would also study how much the perpetrator has gained through such action.
A Dutch diplomat told reporters that the powers amount to a “big step forward” toward building a more secure cyberspace.
European leaders in October had called for a regime to impose sanctions against cyberattacks.
US and European police said Thursday they have smashed a huge international cybercrime network that used Russian malware to steal 100 million dollars from tens of thousands of victims worldwide.
EU diplomats said the bloc will now start drawing up a blacklist for potential sanctions in cyberattack cases.
A number of powerful people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin appear on a blacklist of 164 Russians and Ukrainians that was established after Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.
Those blacklisted are under travel bans and asset freezes just like those that would be imposed on those implicated in cyberattacks.