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MENA Internet Freedom Roundup: October 2017

  From the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to criminalize online speech to its development of advanced facial recognition technology, we ask, are critical views able to be expressed in the kingdom during its current internal power struggle? In this month’s roundup of the latest digital rights-related news from the region, we follow up on […]

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Feminist Editathon Rewrites Women’s Role in History on Wikipedia

Women’s innumerable contributions to society have long been sidelined. In a move to document and make these achievements accessible to all, SMEX partnered with the Knowledge Workshop, Radical, and independent feminists to host an editathon, a collective editing workshop of Wikipedia. The event provided a safe space for women to create new pages in Arabic, […]

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Hacklab 5: Freedom of Expression Online

In our fifth hacklab of “Abtal el-fada’ el-raqmi” (أبطال الفضاء الرقمي), we hosted a discussion on freedom of expression online, the threats it faces, and ways to protect it. We then interviewed our digital heroes to produce a video tackling local laws and practices regulating expression online.

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[Report] Building Trust: Toward a Legal Framework that Protects Personal Data in Lebanon

للقراءة باللغة العربية The lack of a comprehensive legal framework for privacy rights and data protection in Lebanon has led to the adoption of illegal mass surveillance programs and to the violation of individual and collective privacy without repercussions. In order to understand the mechanisms under which surveillance is conducted in the country, to identify […]

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