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Ministry of Telecommunications’  IMEI Registration Policy Threatens Digital Privacy

The Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications recently announced that residents must register the International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) associated with their phone numbers on a new website. After residents register, the ministry then sends them a link, which will activate their phone on the mobile network. It claims that this measure will limit illegal phone […]

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New Spyware Campaign Targeted Government Entities in UAE and Lebanon

This week, Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group revealed that researchers discovered a new spyware campaign, dubbed “DNSpionage,” which targeted individuals and government websites in the UAE and Lebanon. Additionally, the attackers also targeted Lebanese private companies, such as Middle Eastern Airlines (MEA). Though the researchers were not able to determine the identity of the attackers, they […]

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It’s a wrap! 4 key takeaways from the first Bread&Net

On November 20 and 21, around 200 people from over 20 countries gathered together in Beirut for 35 panels, talks, and workshops at Bread&Net, the region’s digital rights unconference. Hosted by SMEX and organized collaboratively with supporters and partners, Bread&Net created an offline space for discussion about technology and society, in a casual yet safe […]

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Documentary Screening: “The Cleaners”

  Who controls what we see online? SMEX screened the documentary “The Cleaners” and hosted a discussion yesterday, Sunday 18 November, before the start of regional unconference Bread&Net. “The Cleaners” sheds light on the hidden world of content moderators – thousands of workers who do the largely unknown role of “cleaning up” the web, deciding what […]

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