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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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Turkey Responsible for More than Half of Twitter’s Content Removal Requests and Other Trends from the MENA Region

On April 6, Twitter launched the 12 Twitter Transparency Report, its 12th biannual report documenting the requests the company receives from governments to remove content or reveal account information. Twitter splits removal requests into three categories: court orders, reports based on the violation of local laws, and government reported violations of the company’s terms of […]

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Turning Laws into Data on Arab Digital Rights

  Have you ever wondered how many anti-cybercrime laws are in force in Arab countries? What about anti-terror laws? Or how many laws govern free expression online in a given country? Or whether your online privacy is protected? Or if some countries are leading the way with access to information or data protection legislation? Until earlier […]

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Digital Citizen 3.6

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. BAHRAIN On 11 August, Al-Wasat, the country’s only independent newspaper, resumedpublishing following a government ban that lasted a few days. The newspaper was suspended by the Information Affairs Authority on 6 August for its “repeated […]

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