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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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Lebanese University Hosts Public Discussion of Cybersecurity in Lebanon

On May 12-13, the Lebanese University hosted a two-day conference titled “Cybersecurity and Cyberdefense: Stakes and Perspective,” organized by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie. The conference offered a chance to gain perspective on how academics, government and authorities, and others view cybersecurity in Lebanon and how they might collaborate to address the issues it raises. These are questions governments […]

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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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