Mohamed Amine Belarbi ( Morocco, RCN 2010-2012)
A lot of tumult has been raised concerning the outraging initiative Itisalat Al Maghrib, the leading telecomunication company, undertook in the last period.
The provider of internet decided to cut the VoIP services and thus thousands if not million of Moroccans are unable to use softwares using this service such as Skype and others.
Steming from a protectionist policy meant to safeguard the earnings of the company against any competition, IAM has shown a coward attitude towards its consumers and towards the worlwide softwares using the VoIP technology, and thus lost respect and allegiance from a wide array of local consumers ranging from the old grandma who used to talk to her grandson in Europe, to the businessman holding his meeting through Skype conferences with international partners, passing by the usual student who needs to pass a Skype interview with the admission offices of the US universities.
What makes the problem doomed to persist is the probable interference of the government in such matters, knowing that our lovely intelligence officers have a hard time tracking and monitoring our conversations which bypass the conventional phone lines.
The intelligence networks spread out accross the country have all to win from such measures prompted by IAM, and the lack of a governmental initiative to tackle the problem and restaure the citizen’s right to enjoy the internet services wouldn’t come with much surprise.
Whether it is to blame on IAM or on the old grumpy intelligence officers, the necessity to act is more than pressing in a society where the citizen strives to show that he is aware of his rights and is ready to fight for them.
Let us boycott IAM, shame it publicly through a staunch media campaign against it, and let us write petitions to Skype and other companies using the VoIP services prompting them to remind the government of its responsibility to assure a free internet where no company nor government can interefere and imped the rights of its users.
Let us Occupy IAM offices around Morocco!