Author Archive | Grant Baker

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Gulf Countries Use Canadian Filtering Technology to Block Entire Categories of Websites

Researchers revealed in April that internet filtering technologies produced by Netsweeper, an Ontario-based technology company with offices in the UAE and distributors in the Middle East, existed on state-owned public networks in the Gulf. These technologies filter opposition websites, major international news outlets, human rights and gay rights content, and internet circumvention tools. According to […]

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Careem Reports that the Data of 14.5 Million Users Has Been Compromised

On Monday, Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing company operating in the MENA region, Turkey, and Pakistan, announced that it learned “online criminals” had obtained the personal information of over 14.5 million users and drivers, including their trip histories, on January 14, 2018. According to a spokesperson from Careem, the company’s records show that the system was […]

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Turkey Responsible for More than Half of Twitter’s Content Removal Requests and Other Trends from the MENA Region

On April 6, Twitter launched the 12 Twitter Transparency Report, its 12th biannual report documenting the requests the company receives from governments to remove content or reveal account information. Twitter splits removal requests into three categories: court orders, reports based on the violation of local laws, and government reported violations of the company’s terms of […]

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Now, Who’s Afraid of Online Speech?

In Tunisia and Bahrain, government officials are pushing for laws that would further restrict online freedom of expression in both countries. Sixteen deputies from Nidaa Tounes, the ruling party in Tunisia, and one deputy from another party proposed a bill calling for certain types of online speech to be outlawed. The Tunisian bill, which would […]

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