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Will Syria Follow in the UAE’s Footsteps by Censoring VoIP Services?

On Wednesday, the Syrian Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that it was considering blocking voice calls on WhatsApp and other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to increase revenues in the telecommunications industry, according to an Al-Watan report. However, the decision will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy, lead to an increase […]

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Mobile internet speeds up the Arab countries, but fixed broadband lags behind

  Lebanon, Egypt, and Oman all made gains for mobile internet speeds in August 2018, according to Ookla’s Global Index, which ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds around the world. Yet, it is interesting that many of the Arab countries have improved mobile internet speed, but they rank lower in fixed broadband as Lebanon, Egypt […]

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A New Internet Service Provider in Yemen: new division or additional service for users?

Yemen’s internet has become increasingly unstable due to the war and the country’s fragmentation. Indeed, the country has witnessed frequent internet shutdowns and interruptions and the warring parties have blocked many websites, violating Yemenis’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information and threatening the already fragile state of press freedom. Until recently, Yemen […]

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A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the MENA Region

Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade the notoriously slow internet in Lebanon, he observed thin blue pipe being laid into newly dug trenches, […]

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