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Júlia Bacardit is journalist and author from Barcelona.

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The Digital Safety Helpdesk at SMEX

In April 2020, SMEX launched the Digital Safety Helpdesk to support internet users, activists, journalists, bloggers, and human rights organizations who have been affected by cybersecurity incidents in Arabic-speaking countries. The Helpdesk team tackles and tracks a wide range of cases, from lost devices or a malfunctioning website to online censorship, harassment, and doxxing. When …

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Tunisia, a digital police state?

How has Tunisia’s ‘success story’ gone awry? On July 25, Tunisian President Kais Said froze the parliament, dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, previously appointed by Said, and announced that he would rule by decree temporarily. The Constitution that came out of the Arab Spring laid out a semi-presidential system in which power is shared, with …

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