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
Kuwait’s cybercrime law extends censorship to the online realm
Following the waves of protests in the 2010s, both in the region and throughout the world, from Africa to South…
Lebanese telecom minister favors unlawful bid for A2P services
As of February 14, 2024, the Minister of Telecommunications approved a re-bid, confirming suspicions that he might be under pressure…
Privacy and security at risk: Lebanese security agencies accessing the...
While mobile operators use the network monitoring system to keep up the quality of service and follow up on users’…
It takes one click
For a renowned journalist, an invitation to speak at a French institution should not be a source of alarm. And…
Lebanese MPs launch racist reporting application
Around one month ago, an infamous crime in Beirut led to the killing of a municipal guard. Its consequences, however,…
Jordan: Will the new law protect people’s data?
After years of being stowed away in government departments, Jordan’s “Personal Data Protection Law” (PDPL) is set to take effect…