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Lara Bitar (L) in conversation with Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher in Masaha, Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017. (SMEX/Jad Shokor)

Wikimedia’s Katherine Maher on Freeing Knowledge in the MENA

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017 — Committed to nurturing open knowledge in Lebanon, Social Media Exchange (SMEX) invited Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to discuss the power of collaborative open knowledge projects. The talk, moderated by Lara Bitar, SMEX’s editorial director, focused on sharing ideas to grow the free knowledge […]

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SMEX to Launch Online Course for Arab Digital Journalists by Arab Digital Journalists

للقراءة باللغة العربية These days being a citizen journalist means a lot more than simply starting a blog and a Twitter account, posting photos or video, and linking to other websites on the topic at hand. Citizen journalists and community media producers are evolving into full-fledged independent media outlets, managing complex content production processes and […]

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Getting a Grasp on Laws Governing Online Speech in MENA Countries

Since 2011, there has been a pronounced increase in the promulgation of legislation governing the rights of Internet users in the Arab region and in Iran. The laws affect digital rights both directly, through specific mention of online channels in penal codes and press and publications and media laws, as well as indirectly, in anti-terrorism […]

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A map shows the home countries of the 36 participants in the beta test.

An Update on NetHawwal: Beta Test Results & Next Steps

Recently, SMEX hosted the first beta course on our new online learning platform NetHawwal. We enrolled 36 participants from 14 Arab countries in the eight-week course, and as we prepared to launch we experienced what all entrepreneurs must feel at some point: We were thrilled to finally see this product of thousands of hours of […]

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