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A Statement Demanding the Release of Hassan Saad

On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, the Lebanese Army Intelligence arrested a young man named Hassan Saad after summoning him for interrogation at the Mohammad Zgheib police station in Sidon over a Facebook status he posted on his personal account on Jan. 17. He has since been charged with contempt of the presidency in accordance with […]

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Why Boycott Lebanon’s Mobile Phone Operators, Alfa and touch?

A self-described independent youth movement is waging what it is referring to as a “polite struggle” (الكفاح_المهذب#) against state corruption in Lebanon, taking particular aim at the Telecommunications Ministry. Fed up with the high cost of cell phone services, online activists are calling for a one-day boycott of the two state-owned mobile phone operators, Alfa […]

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Call for Applications: The SMEX Fellowship for Reporting on Digital Freedoms

The SMEX Fellowship for Reporting on Digital Freedoms is a three-month stipend-supported fellowship based in Beirut, Lebanon. The program is designed to encourage, facilitate, and disseminate research on digital rights in Lebanon, with the goal of advancing evidence-based public debates. Two fellows will be selected to investigate a topic of their choosing and produce an […]

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SMEX Launches Inaugural Report on Digital Surveillance in Lebanon

In the absence of a comprehensive constitutional framework on privacy rights and data protection in Lebanon and amid a culture of secrecy around these issues, SMEX researched the country’s current digital surveillance landscape. “Mapping the Landscape of Digital Surveillance in Lebanon,” presented below, is the first detailed survey on Lebanon’s state of privacy and surveillance. […]

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