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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News

Latest Articles

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

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…

Lebanon’s telecom ministry to suspend mobile SIMs for “illegal” Syrian...

The government-led campaign to deport Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been marked by escalating hate speech, raids, arrests, and further…

Digital Safety Helpdesk Statistics: Rising Electronic Repression in the Region

In May, SMEX’s Digital Safety Helpdesk addressed 133 digital threats spanning account suspensions, cyber violence, sexual blackmail, content moderation, and…

Do Global eSIM Apps Work in Lebanon?

“Are you interested in connecting to the internet without a physical SIM card?” A video circulating in Lebanon discusses how…

Alfa should not force opt-in users to unwanted services

To keep a backup SIM card during periods of poor network performance, I bought two SIMs from the only mobile…

Artificial intelligence during Hajj: How safe is pilgrims’ data?

Muslims’ pilgrimage season (Hajj) was marked by the extensive use of 32 modern technologies by Saudi authorities to facilitate the…

Meta gives vague, inadequate response to the Oversight Board’s “shaheed”...

Following the Oversight Board’s Policy Advisory Opinion (PAO) on the use of the term “shaheed,” Meta published its response to…

How is South Lebanon coping with limited internet and communications...

After over seven months of Israeli bombardment in South Lebanon, Caretaker Minister of Communications Johnny Corm finally mandated cellular companies…

Upcoming Events

Tell social media companies: improve your content moderation practices for SRHR content [Petition]

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

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