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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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Why Boycott Lebanon’s Mobile Phone Operators, Alfa and touch?

للقراءة باللغة العربية A self-described independent youth movement is waging what it is referring to as a “polite struggle” (الكفاح_المهذب#) against state corruption in Lebanon, taking particular aim at the Telecommunications Ministry. Fed up with the high cost of cell phone services, online activists are calling for a one-day boycott of the two state-owned mobile […]

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Self-Expression is not a Crime: Release Bassel al-Amin

Bassel al-Amin, a Lebanese journalism student in his early 20s, is still detained two days after his interrogation over a Facebook status. On December 6, 2016, Bassel al-Amin was summoned to the Public Prosecution’s office, under the orders of Judge Randa Yaqthan, over comments he made online. The drill is now familiar to anyone monitoring […]

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A Crowdmapping Initiative to Medically-Check the Homeless

The increasing number of homeless people in Beirut streets can be attributed to many reasons, yet the fact remains that these individuals roam the city’s streets without care, safety and medical attention. This can often lead them into a life-threatening downward spiral. This rising problem prompted the launching of various civil-society initiatives to help the […]

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