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.

80% of Women in Lebanon Face Digital Violence

Last March, UN Women Representative in Lebanon Rachel Dore-Weeks stated that female candidates to the parliamentary elections in Lebanon faced…

AlHudood Blocked in Iraq for “Unknown” Reasons

AlHudood’s website has been reported as inaccessible in several Iraqi governorates across various internet networks, as revealed by a test…

How Israel’s GPS jamming endangers civil aviation and maritime routes

The relentless Israeli bombardment of Gaza has caused loss of communications for prolonged periods, including total internet shutdowns and the…

Meta Contemplates Banning the Use of the Term “Zionist”

Laying the Ground for Further Repression of Palestine’s Supporters 73 civil society organizations, including SMEX, have urged Meta to reverse…

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’…

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