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SMEX to Launch Online Course for Arab Digital Journalists by Arab Digital Journalists

للقراءة باللغة العربية These days being a citizen journalist means a lot more than simply starting a blog and a Twitter account, posting photos or video, and linking to other websites on the topic at hand. Citizen journalists and community media producers are evolving into full-fledged independent media outlets, managing complex content production processes and […]

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Champions of International Lawlessness

This is the third installment in SMEX’s Working Drafts Series on the emerging legal framework for free expression online in the Arab world. Subscribe to get updates and learn about related events. You can add your ideas and comments below or by sending us an email at info@smex.org.  Arab governments are as derelict in following international standards on free expression […]

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Taakad: New Campaign To Verify Online Content in Lebanon

  Social media usage has increased tremendously. In Lebanon 70 percent of netizens are now online, creating content with every comment, post, and upload. With this increase has come a new kind of economy for media and journalism in which any person has the ability to access the Internet, produce and share stories, impact and change ideas. These acts of […]

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A map shows the home countries of the 36 participants in the beta test.

An Update on NetHawwal: Beta Test Results & Next Steps

Recently, SMEX hosted the first beta course on our new online learning platform NetHawwal. We enrolled 36 participants from 14 Arab countries in the eight-week course, and as we prepared to launch we experienced what all entrepreneurs must feel at some point: We were thrilled to finally see this product of thousands of hours of […]

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