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MENA Internet Freedom Roundup: October 2017

  From the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to criminalize online speech to its development of advanced facial recognition technology, we ask, are critical views able to be expressed in the kingdom during its current internal power struggle? In this month’s roundup of the latest digital rights-related news from the region, we follow up on […]

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SPOTLIGHT ON INTERNET SHUTDOWNS In early June, Algeria’s Baccalaureate exams were leaked, prompting authorities to temporarily shut down mobile internet access. As a result, the Ministry of Education ordered a retake of some of the exams. During the retake, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies blockedsocial media platforms. Blocking social media sites or shutting […]

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Algeria Reconsiders Blocking Social Media to Prevent Cheating on Exams

The Internet was accessible again in Algeria at 3 p.m. last Sunday, ending government blocking of social media that started on Saturday at around 8 p.m. local time. The blocking, which the government intended to maintain until June 23, aimed to prevent cheating on the International Baccalaureate exams, according to officials. No explanation was given […]

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Leaked E-mail: Iraq Shuts Down Its Internet, Again

Iraq is shutting down its Internet again, but this time not for security reasons. A leaked email that originated from an Iraqi Internet service provider (ISP) and was shared with SMEX confirms that on May 16, 2016, the Internet will be shutdown for three hours, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., “in all regions of Iraq.” The email […]

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