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Mobile internet speeds up the Arab countries, but fixed broadband lags behind

  Lebanon, Egypt, and Oman all made gains for mobile internet speeds in August 2018, according to Ookla’s Global Index, which ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds around the world. Yet, it is interesting that many of the Arab countries have improved mobile internet speed, but they rank lower in fixed broadband as Lebanon, Egypt […]

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Facebook Restricts Access to Content in Lebanon For the First Time

In Facebook’s newly published Transparency report, the company revealed it restricted or removed content in Lebanon for the first time since it began issuing the reports in 2013. The report also includes information about “legal requests from governments” and the implementation of its community standards in the latter half of 2017. Although Facebook has previously […]

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Mauritanian Activists Accuse Telecom Company Mauritel of Abuse of Power

Mauritanian activists accused local telecom operator Mauritel of reporting some of their accounts on social media. This move, they say, comes after more than a week since they launched a digital rights campaign demanding that the company restore services it had removed and improve the quality of its services. Speaking to SMEX, Mauritanian journalist Ahmed […]

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Human Rights Organizations Call for Investigation Into Arbitrary Surveillance Program in Lebanon

للقراءة باللغة العربية (Beirut) – Lebanon’s general prosecutor should investigate reports of secret large-scale surveillance tied to a Lebanese intelligence agency, seven human rights and media organizations said today. Privacy and surveillance researchers on January 18, 2018, released a report alleging that a malware espionage campaign responsible for stealing hundreds of gigabytes worth of personal […]

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