Archive | Internet Governance


Misguiding Multistakeholderism: A Non-Governmental Perspective on the Arab IGF

This article was written by SMEX’s Jessica Dheere and Asser Khattab and published in the Global Information Society Watch 2017 annual report. Despite auspicious beginnings, the evolution of the Arab Internet Governance Forum (IGF) over the last six years has left stakeholders around the region deeply skeptical of its future. Not only has the forum […]

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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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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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SMEX and Ashkal Alwan hosted a screening of Laura Poitras documentary of Edward Snowden (Beirut, 10.Oct.2015)

Lebanon Premiere of CITIZENFOUR Draws more than 150 Attendees and Generates Discussion on Local Surveillance

Last week, SMEX hosted, in collaboration with Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanon premiere of the Laura Poitras documentary CITIZENFOUR (2014). The film, shot mostly in a Hong Kong hotel room, documents the days immediately before and after Edward Snowden handed over the trove of files that exposed U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance practices to the world. Screened in English with Arabic subtitles, […]

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