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MENA Internet Freedom Roundup: October 2017

  From the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s attempt to criminalize online speech to its development of advanced facial recognition technology, we ask, are critical views able to be expressed in the kingdom during its current internal power struggle? In this month’s roundup of the latest digital rights-related news from the region, we follow up on […]

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[Report] Building Trust: Toward a Legal Framework that Protects Personal Data in Lebanon

للقراءة باللغة العربية The lack of a comprehensive legal framework for privacy rights and data protection in Lebanon has led to the adoption of illegal mass surveillance programs and to the violation of individual and collective privacy without repercussions. In order to understand the mechanisms under which surveillance is conducted in the country, to identify […]

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Roundtable discussion on "Media Freedom in Palestine," Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters, Ramallah, June 13, 2017 (MADA).

Limiting Palestinian Free Speech Online is no Solution to Cybercrime

Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations have called for a freeze on the recently publicized cybercrime law that was approved by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on June 24, 2017. In a press statement released by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the new law was criticized for its potential […]

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A view of the northeastern town of Arsal near the Syrian border, October 2016. (Nabil Hassan)

Two Years of Collective Punishment: Mobile Data Remains Inaccessible to Arsal Residents

للقراءة باللغة العربية Update: Mobile internet was restored in Arsal in September 2017, over three years after it was cut off, according to Arsal residents SMEX contacted. We have attempted to reach both mobile operators Alfa and touch to request more information about the resumption of mobile internet services in the town, but neither company […]

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