Portfolio Categories: Researching Internet Law & Policy

Arab Techies Women Gathering

In May 2010, Arab Techies and SMEX partnered to convene a 4-day workshop for 34 female technologists and activists from 10 Arab countries. During the gathering, the women networked with each other, shared expertise and presented about ongoing projects, and discussed the role of gender in professional and community development. Participants included programmers, web developers, artists, teachers, …

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Shou Osstik? | What’s Your Story?

Shou Osstik? was a new media pilot training program for women from the north, south, Bekaa, and Beirut regions in Lebanon. The program amplified the voices of Lebanese women, especially those who live outside Beirut. During the program, participants met once every three weeks at a local computer center to learn digital storytelling and basic social …

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Tasharuk: A Collaborative Knowledge Base for Netizens

With a name that means “to collaborate” in Arabic, Tasharuk makes it easier for digital media trainers, activists, and civil society groups to find and amplify high-quality guides, manuals, reports, instructional videos, tutorials, software, and other tools. Among the platform’s aims are to foster closer collaboration among Arabic-speaking digital media trainers and advocates, as well as identify knowledge …

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Digital Rights Research: The Emerging Legal Framework for Free Expression Online

With the rise of citizen media, Arab regimes are establishing new legal frameworks to govern free speech and other civil and political rights online. In amended press laws, new counter-terrorism and anti-cybercrime legislation, and enhanced surveillance tactics, governments are violating the rights of journalists, bloggers, and activists, as well as musicians, teachers, clerics, and other …

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Launching Net-Wasel: A Podcast on Digital Rights for Arab Young People

This summer, SMEX is producing, in cooperation with AFMD Grants, a pilot series of short podcasts on digital rights in the Arab region. The series is called “Net-Wasel” or نِت-وَاصِل , which means “to be connected through the Internet”. It will be presented by the blogger, digital media strategist, and trainer Khodor Salameh. Digital rights are human rights …

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Building the Credibility and Capacity of Privacy and Surveillance Watchdogs in Lebanon

Background New e-government programs, biometric passports, and citywide surveillance have been recently introduced in Lebanon. Yet, in the absence of a legal framework to safeguard privacy or protect electronic data, questions are raised about the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) and mass surveillance of citizens. This makes it critical to raise awareness and correct …

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