Events

How Can Humanitarian Organisations Support Crisis-affected Communities Online? [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organizations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.  COVID-19 forced many humanitarian organizations to rapidly adopt digital tools like Whatsapp to share information with crisis-affected populations, and to deliver services like education, health information, …

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Bread&Net 2020nline | Corporates, Governments and the Pandemic: Threats to Digital Freedom

Bread&Net 2020nline welcomed more than 800 participants from 32 countries on Hopin this year! Over four eventful days, Bread&Net hosted 63 diverse sessions, with over 100 speakers who joined us and shared their valuable insights. Totalitarian Arab regimes, weak and monopolized telecommunications infrastructures, armies of bots promoting fake news, increased surveillance disguised as COVID-19 tracking …

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Moving Bread&Net 2020 Online!

The safety of the digital rights community is always our first priority. That’s why, with so much uncertainty about the trajectory of Covid-19, we’ve decided that Bread&Net 2020 will be held virtually. While we won’t be hosting an in-person gathering, we look forward to once again bringing the community together this Fall with an engaging …

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MENA Digital Threats and controls [Video]

During Bread&Net 2019, the MENA Digital Threats and Controls session discussed the most prevalent types of digital threats  and patterns in the region. Additionally, experts also explored the basic digital security controls that users can adopt to protect their digital existence.  Ali Sibai, technologist and Rapid Response Network coordinator revealed that between 2010 and 2019, …

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Bread&Net 2019: A Digital Rights Revolution

From November 15 to 17, more than 250 participants gathered for Bread&Net 2019 in the heart of Beirut. With the ongoing Lebanese revolution, this was a special year for our regional digital rights unconference. The political situation was a major focus, from a topic of discussion during various panels to the session venues being named …

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Save the Date: Bread&Net is back! 15 to 17 November 2019

SMEX is thrilled to announce the return of Bread&Net, the annual Arabic-language unconference to strengthen and defend human rights in digitally networked spaces in the MENA region. Join us from 15 to 17 November 2019 at Antwork in Beirut! We took your comments and feedback from last year’s inaugural Bread&Net to heart, and together with …

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SMEX launches Muhal, its FoE-related case online database

On Wednesday, February 27, SMEX officially launched its online freedom of expression (FoE) case database, Muhal (muhal.org), at its Masaha space in Beirut. Muhal is SMEX’s ongoing, evidence-based campaign to document detentions and arrests related to online freedom of speech in Lebanon. SMEX Executive Director Mohamad Najem presented attendees with the platform, explaining its aim, …

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World Day Against Cyber Censorship: Who is controlling what we see online?

World Day Against Cyber Censorship is a yearly event that happens on March 11 to rally support for a single, unrestricted Internet that is accessible to all and to draw attention to the ways that governments around the world are deterring and censoring free speech online. But companies these days as well are controlling almost …

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Launching Muhal: Freedom of expression online watch

Join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 27 for the launch of Muhal, an open database that documents online freedom of expression violations. We have collected data, including the charges, the punishment, and a description of each case, from local news articles and independent sources. By aggregating and publishing the details of these violations, …

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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 environment …

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