Curfew violator arrested in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Saudi Arabia has instituted a nationwide curfew. (AN photo/Basher Saleh)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Curfew violator arrested in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

  • Saudi man shared video of himself wandering around Hafr Al-Batin, making comments about security services

HAFR Al-BATIN: A Saudi man was arrested in the Eastern Province on Wednesday for violating the curfew imposed by authorities in the Kingdom to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

He had shared videos on social media that showed him wandering around Hafr Al-Batin governorate during the curfew, in which he made comments undermining the role of the security services, according to a spokesman for Eastern Province police. The man, who is in his thirties, also allegedly filmed security officers as they enforced the curfew on a public road.
 


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.