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.

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…

Bread&Net – Online 2024: Collective Responsibility at its Finest

Last Wednesday, we concluded Bread&Net – Online: Digital Rights in Times of War, where we invited participants from West Asia…

Iraq Threatens to Ban TikTok

“Banning the app will not affect institutions or education.” On March 24, Minister of Communications Hiyam Al Yasiri announced she…

#NoExamShutdown: Open letter to authorities in Iraq to #KeepItOn during...

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

Pedophilia via TikTok in Lebanon: Who is Responsible?

Rage swept Lebanon when news broke out that networks active on TikTok are luring minors to blackmail and sexually assault…

AI, spyware, and GPS jamming: How Israel abuses tech for...

Over the last two decades, there has been no shortage of predictions regarding the relevance of cyberspace in conflict. As…

SMEX Hosts the 6th Edition of Bread&Net Online

Sign up today to attend #BreadandNet Online here.You will receive the agenda and the link to each session in your…

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