SMEX advances digital rights
in West Asia and North Africa.

Who we are

SMEX is a non-profit that advocates for and advances human rights in digital spaces across West Asia and North Africa.

Our Vision

Our vision is for everyone living in WANA and the diaspora to be able to access and engage with the internet, mobile services, and other networked spaces safely and without fear of censorship, surveillance, or repercussion.

Our mission

We advance digital rights in the West Asia and North Africa region through research, campaigns, and advocacy. We encourage users to engage with digital technology, media, and social networks responsibly and critically.

What we do

Our Digital Safety Helpdesk assists internet users facing digital threats in the region


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Latest Articles

Latest news at the intersection of technology and human rights in WANA.

Section 230: a warden of freedom of expression, or a...

Today, censorship in the US is under severe scrutiny from millions around the world who are witnessing the wave of…

Yemenis Complain about Sharing Phone Numbers with Strangers

“Why is your daughter sharing her pictures via WhatsApp?” a question directed by an employee of the YOU- Yemen Oman…

Content Streaming via an Ogero App: Who benefits from OTT...

Last November, Lebanon’s Council of Ministers added an item to the agenda to grant Ogero, the country’s primary provider of…

From Sharing to Silence: Assessing Social Media Suppression of SRHR...

This research was conducted as part of the Masarouna project, a five-year program that mobilizes young people in the Middle…

The new feature on X will leak your location without...

Social media platform X (formerly Twitter) has just added a new calling feature. Audio and video calls can now be…

Oversight Board: Meta’s Censorship of ‘Shaheed’ Is “Unnecessary and Disproportionate”

(Beirut, March 27, 2024) – Yesterday, the much anticipated Oversight Board decision on  Meta’s approach to moderating the word “shaheed”…

Saudi Authorities Monopolize Media and Advertising Discourse “by Law”

Through global forums and media, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been keen on spreading progressive discourse in an effort…

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