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Human Rights Organizations Call for Investigation Into Arbitrary Surveillance Program in Lebanon

للقراءة باللغة العربية (Beirut) – Lebanon’s general prosecutor should investigate reports of secret large-scale surveillance tied to a Lebanese intelligence agency, seven human rights and media organizations said today. Privacy and surveillance researchers on January 18, 2018, released a report alleging that a malware espionage campaign responsible for stealing hundreds of gigabytes worth of personal […]

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Over 30 legal practitioners, advocates, researchers, technologists, and human rights defenders came together for "Shawarma, Baklava, and Digital Rights Law", an interactive workshop co-hosted by SMEX and HURIDOCS during the 2017 Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shawarma, Baklava, and Digital Rights Law: Reflections from a Community Workshop on Digital Rights Legal Data at the 2017 Internet Governance Forum

The relationships between digital technologies and networks, and their national and regional legal frameworks, are rapidly evolving. Poorly drafted and arbitrarily applied legislation and regulations represent a serious threat to our digital rights and civic space, not only in the Arab region but broadly across the global South. A widespread lack of accessible, reliable resources […]

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Beirut-Based Global Cyber-Espionage Campaign a Threat to Local Freedoms

A major cyber-espionage campaign — targeting thousands of individuals across 21 countries — is operating out of a Lebanese intelligence agency building, according to a joint report published Thursday by digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security firm Lookout. The campaign, dubbed Dark Caracal after a nocturnal and highly secretive wild cat […]

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Misguiding Multistakeholderism: A Non-Governmental Perspective on the Arab IGF

This article was written by SMEX’s Jessica Dheere and Asser Khattab and published in the Global Information Society Watch 2017 annual report. Despite auspicious beginnings, the evolution of the Arab Internet Governance Forum (IGF) over the last six years has left stakeholders around the region deeply skeptical of its future. Not only has the forum […]

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