SMEX advances digital rights
in West Asia and North Africa.
Who we areSMEX is a non-profit that advocates for and advances human rights in digital spaces across West Asia and North Africa.
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.
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
How Kurdish language divisions hinder access to information
This article was written by Tara Aziz and published on Global Voices on September 6, 2023. Nestled within the Kurdistan mountains near the…
Is Yemen handing over control of communications to the UAE?
On August 21, the Yemeni cabinet of the internationally recognized government signed a clandestine investment agreement in the telecom sector…
Ban TikTok and Telegram? Somalia’s heated debate
While Somalia’s recent decision to spare TikTok and Telegram from a ban offers a momentary relief, blocking the platforms remains…
Morocco’s Amazigh pursue civic presence through linguistic rights
This article was written by Mohammed Udern and published on Global Voices on August 22, 2023. As a child, Mohammed Ait…
Feminist Content Creators in Egypt: Digital Violence Unbound by Law...
Content that advocates for women’s rights and champions feminist ideas is often met with violent digital attacks in Egypt. These…
Arrested Humor: Nour Hajjar’s Case
Lebanon’s crackdown on freedom of opinion and expression shows no signs of abating. From journalists, activists, and even lawyers, the…
SMEX Launches the 6th Edition of Bread&Net
SMEX will host the sixth iteration of the annual regional digital rights event, Bread&Net, taking place on November 14, 15,…