“Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],” states an editorial. “The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations…. In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected…. Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. “One … disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media…,” writes Joseph Rwagatare.