Innovation for Change, in Partnership with SMEX, Seeks a MENA Hub Coordinator

Innovation for Change supports new and established approaches to promote, strengthen, and connect a vibrant, pluralistic, and rights-based civil society in open, closing, and closed spaces through the establishment of demand-driven and cutting-edge virtual hubs that support the development of civil society in their regions, by helping civil society organizations develop and utilize innovative approaches that […]

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Regional Beirut Workshop Agrees to Cooperate on Right to Information

A regional workshop on the right to information held in Beirut from 8-9 June 2017, bringing together participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, and hosted by Social Media Exchange, the Centre for Law and Democracy and International Media Support, has agreed to create a regional network of right to information activists. […]

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The First Humanitarian Mapathon, organized by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontier), was held at Masaha, Beirut, April 17, 2017 (SMEX/Lara Bitar)

A Breakdown of the Proposed OGERO Internet Speeds and Prices

للقراءة باللغة العربية After OGERO conducted tests in various areas of Beirut over three days and increased the internet speed of its subscribers, OGERO’s Director General Imad Kreidieh said the network is ready for greater internet capacity and speed. The Ministry of Communications’ internet price reduction plan is based on uncapped speed and is expected […]

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A view of the northeastern town of Arsal near the Syrian border, October 2016. (Nabil Hassan)

Two Years of Collective Punishment: Mobile Data Remains Inaccessible to Arsal Residents

للقراءة باللغة العربية The residents of the Lebanese town of Arsal have been denied access to the 3G and 4G mobile networks for over two years. This measure, taken for security reasons according to government officials, adds a significant financial burden on the town’s residents. It is also a violation of their digital rights and […]

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