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The First Humanitarian Mapathon, organized by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontier), was held at Masaha, Beirut, April 17, 2017 (SMEX/Lara Bitar)

A Breakdown of the Proposed OGERO Internet Speeds and Prices

للقراءة باللغة العربية After OGERO conducted tests in various areas of Beirut over three days and increased the internet speed of its subscribers, OGERO’s Director General Imad Kreidieh said the network is ready for greater internet capacity and speed. The Ministry of Communications’ internet price reduction plan is based on uncapped speed and is expected […]

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Join SMEX and LUSH in the Fight Against Internet Shutdowns

The Internet keeps you connected, so help us #KeepItOn! Every night from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., access to the Internet in the Bahraini village of Duraz is disrupted or completely denied by telecom companies, under the orders of the government. This has been ongoing for over four months and, while troublesome, this case is by […]

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Image courtesy FB Censors Palestine, a Facebook Page that protests the Israel-Facebook agreement. https://www.facebook.com/FaceBCensorsPalestine

Civil Society Statement: Voluntary Agreements between Israel and Social Media Companies Threaten Free Expression

  In early September, the Israeli government announced an agreement with Facebook “to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network.” The announcement came about 10 days before Facebook disabled the accounts of editors at two of Palestine’s most widely read online publications, prompting widespread online protest. Users had flagged […]

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#HACKINGEXTREMISM: How Did Community Groups Counter Violent Extremism?

The advancement of the internet and the tools it provides can sometimes be a double-edged sword. While it does present valuable opportunities for collaboration and communication, the internet can also be used by violent extremists to promote their hostile agenda. To generate local discussions and solutions on the topic, SMEX organized “#HackingExtremism: A Participatory Symposium […]

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