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Twitter’s Transparency Report: Can It Help Hold Arab Governments to Account?

On Monday, Twitter released its sixth Transparency Report. Covering the last six months of 2014, the report outlines government and other requests to Twitter for account information “typically in connection with criminal investigations,” content removals, and DMCA takedown notices. The company noted a 40% increase in information requests affecting 48% more accounts over the previous […]

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A Regional Arab Human Rights Framework: More Elusive than Justice Itself?

  This week we’re resuming our Working Drafts Series on the emerging legal framework for free expression online in the Arab world, which went on hold during November while we were traveling and at the Arab Internet Governance Forum in Beirut. We hope to stay on track from here. This is the fourth installment. Subscribe to get updates and learn about related […]

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Champions of International Lawlessness

This is the third installment in SMEX’s Working Drafts Series on the emerging legal framework for free expression online in the Arab world. Subscribe to get updates and learn about related events. You can add your ideas and comments below or by sending us an email at info@smex.org.  Arab governments are as derelict in following international standards on free expression […]

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The Curse of Constitutional Powerlessness

  This is the second installment in SMEX’s Working Drafts Series on the emerging legal framework for free expression online in the Arab world. Subscribe to get updates and learn about related events. You can add your ideas and comments below or by sending us an email at info@smex.org. In one of the region’s most surprising paradoxes, nearly every Arab country guarantees […]

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