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Over 30 legal practitioners, advocates, researchers, technologists, and human rights defenders came together for "Shawarma, Baklava, and Digital Rights Law", an interactive workshop co-hosted by SMEX and HURIDOCS during the 2017 Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Shawarma, Baklava, and Digital Rights Law: Reflections from a Community Workshop on Digital Rights Legal Data at the 2017 Internet Governance Forum

The relationships between digital technologies and networks, and their national and regional legal frameworks, are rapidly evolving. Poorly drafted and arbitrarily applied legislation and regulations represent a serious threat to our digital rights and civic space, not only in the Arab region but broadly across the global South. A widespread lack of accessible, reliable resources […]

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Lebanon IGF Advisory Committee Hosts Pre-Launch Event at AUB

On Friday, December 8, the multistakeholder advisory committee of the Lebanon Internet Governance Forum (LIGF) held a pre-launch event titled the “Lebanese Forum on Internet Governance: A Step Towards Achieving Sustainable Goals,” ahead of the 2018 LIGF. Representatives from the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society organizations, including SMEX, convened at the American […]

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Feminist Editathon Rewrites Women’s Role in History on Wikipedia

Women’s innumerable contributions to society have long been sidelined. In a move to document and make these achievements accessible to all, SMEX partnered with the Knowledge Workshop, Radical, and independent feminists to host an editathon, a collective editing workshop of Wikipedia. The event provided a safe space for women to create new pages in Arabic, […]

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Lara Bitar (L) in conversation with Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher in Masaha, Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017. (SMEX/Jad Shokor)

Wikimedia’s Katherine Maher on Freeing Knowledge in the MENA

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017 — Committed to nurturing open knowledge in Lebanon, Social Media Exchange (SMEX) invited Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to discuss the power of collaborative open knowledge projects. The talk, moderated by Lara Bitar, SMEX’s editorial director, focused on sharing ideas to grow the free knowledge […]

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