Jordan Rises as Internet Hub While King Curbs Expression

At one end of Rainbow Street, in the heart of Amman’s cafe-filled historic district, sits Think Arabia, one of the hundreds of tech startups that have sprung from the Jordanian desert like so many wildflowers after a rain.Amid multicolored beanbags, web designers, animators and cartoonists are toiling away on this July day, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its October issue. Were it not for dozens of Apple Macintosh screens atop desks, the warehouselike space might be mistaken for a student common room.

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