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Turkey Responsible for More than Half of Twitter’s Content Removal Requests and Other Trends from the MENA Region

On April 6, Twitter launched the 12 Twitter Transparency Report, its 12th biannual report documenting the requests the company receives from governments to remove content or reveal account information. Twitter splits removal requests into three categories: court orders, reports based on the violation of local laws, and government reported violations of the company’s terms of […]

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Afrin under the Turkish and Free Syrian Army bombardment. March 14, 2018. (YPG spokesperson)

Message from Afrin: We Can’t Wait for a Shutdown to Condemn Network Disruptions in Times of War

Update: On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army allies seized control of Afrin. No one we contacted in the aftermath of the reported a network disruption. Nonetheless, preemptive warnings can raise awareness about these disruptions before they occur and Turkey could still use this tactic in the future. As Turkish […]

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Beirut-Based Global Cyber-Espionage Campaign a Threat to Local Freedoms

A major cyber-espionage campaign — targeting thousands of individuals across 21 countries — is operating out of a Lebanese intelligence agency building, according to a joint report published Thursday by digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security firm Lookout. The campaign, dubbed Dark Caracal after a nocturnal and highly secretive wild cat […]

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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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