COVID19

Widespread Cynicism about Covid-19 Vaccines in Sudan

After the Covid-19 pandemic, the discovery of new viruses became a topic that immediately made the headlines. Even before any concrete cases are reported, many rush to share what they’ve heard, even if the information is wrong or used out of context, as in the case of the most recent Monkeypox virus. Nevertheless, our collective …

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Is Lebanese citizens’ data safe on IMPACT’s platforms?

Update: IMPACT responded to the concerns raised in this article with some clarifications about some of the mentioned points. In turn, our technical team provided further evidence of the validity of the security threats raised in this article. We are still awaiting their response. Previously, IMPACT had been responsive, as they published their platform’s privacy …

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Telecommunications in Sudan at the Mercy of the US Dollar

In December 2020, people in Sudan found themselves paying more for the same old Internet data bundles, without necessarily finding any improvement in quality or expansion in services. On the contrary, it only became more difficult to study or work remotely during the national lockdown. Amid a number of financial and economic setbacks, last of …

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Ma3an App Must Immediately Address Security Issues

In September 2020, SMEX conducted a security analysis of the contact-tracing app, Ma3an, to test the app’s security and safety. The Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon (MoPH) seemed responsive to our recommendations, but in reality, no changes were implemented. This year, with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Lebanon and Syria, we are re-assessing …

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Coronavirus Trials in Egypt: Blurring the Lines Between Fake News and Freedom of Expression

With the surge of Covid cases in Egypt, the government imposed further restrictions on the freedom of expression and opinion. The Egyptian State monopolized the term “real news,” constraining it to news issued by official authorities only. Any other news would be deemed fake and prosecuted before the public. Between March and June 2020, at …

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SMEX Bread&Net 2020

Domain Name System in Times of COVID 19 [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Fahd Batayneh, ICANN’s Stakeholder Engagement Senior Manager (Middle East) explains the domain name system; i.e. top-level domains, domain names, and root-servers. Batayneh shares some statistics on the surge in DNS queries during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Then, he discusses the work undertaken by the domain name industry when it comes to …

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COVID-19 Fake News in Lebanon: Who Is Responsible?

The advent of COVID-19 (known locally as the coronavirus) in Lebanon last February has further deepened existing divisions within certain cities and villages: communities were either branded “epicentres” of the COVID-19 outbreak, or residents were considered blessed to have genetic and/or layered immunity against the virus. This was largely due to the misleading and/or fake …

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What the Lebanese government can do to respect users’ privacy while fighting Covid-19?

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread across the world, governments are adopting surveillance measures to track patients, raising privacy concerns. Lebanon, like many other countries, has launched digital tools to help diagnose and monitor the spread of the outbreak. The tools launched by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) do not appear to …

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Zoom does not respect users’ privacy!

With the spread of COVID-19, many firms, organizations, and universities have adopted work from home policies and more people than ever are using online conferencing tools. Zoom, one of the platforms that has gained the most popularity recently, has a number of privacy issues, including monitoring computer activity and collecting personal data. In addition to …

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