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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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SMEX Internet Cut-offs Posts

Help SMEX Monitor Internet Shutdowns in MENA During National Exams

In the final days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the world gasped in disbelief as the administration of President Hosni Mubarak shut down access to the Internet and all mobile communications. At the time, it was inconceivable that a government would cut off people’s access to the internet and mobile networks. Since then, however, shutting […]

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Omani Activist Hassan al-Basham Passes Away in Prison

Social media activists are mourning the death of Hassan al-Basham, an Omani activist who died in Oman’s Samail Central Prison on April 28 after his health deteriorated. Al-Basham “defended prisoners of conscience…and carried out activities on the social in humanitarian levels,” according to a statement by the Omani Coalition for Human Rights, confirming the news […]

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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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