SMEX advances digital rights
in West Asia and North Africa.

Who we are

SMEX is a non-profit that advocates for and advances human rights in digital spaces across West Asia and North Africa.

Our Vision

Our vision is for everyone living in WANA and the diaspora to be able to access and engage with the internet, mobile services, and other networked spaces safely and without fear of censorship, surveillance, or repercussion.

Our mission

We advance digital rights in the West Asia and North Africa region through research, campaigns, and advocacy. We encourage users to engage with digital technology, media, and social networks responsibly and critically.

What we do

Our Digital Safety Helpdesk assists internet users facing digital threats in the region


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Latest Articles

Latest news at the intersection of technology and human rights in WANA.

Algeria: Another year, another exam shutdown

Mehdi Jougi, a young Algerian working in digital marketing, is worried about Algeria’s upcoming high school exams, scheduled for June…

Press Release: Launch of the Civil Society Alliances for Digital...

Geneva, 11 June 2024. The CADE project, an ambitious initiative designed to empower civil society organisations (CSOs) to participate more…

#KeepItOn: Syria must end internet shutdowns during national exams

As part of the #NoExamShutdown campaign, we’re sending an open letter to authorities in Syria to abstain from resorting to internet shutdowns…

Tell social media companies: improve your content moderation practices for...

Acknowledging the importance of protecting sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) both offline and online in the West Asia and…

Will Iraq shut down the internet during the 2024 exams...

Update: The Iraqi Ministry of Communications announced on May 19 that internet shutdowns will take place in conjunction with the…

Data on a Silver Platter: How Israel Hits Precise Targets...

Over the past seven months, the Israeli occupation has precisely targeted people, houses, and vehicles in South Lebanon and Beirut’s…

International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

We, the undersigned organisations dedicated to defending freedom of expression and information, protecting journalists and upholding digital rights, welcome South…

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