Security

Clubhouse: the popular audio-only app gets banned in MENA?

Launched around the initial lockdown phase in March 2020, Clubhouse has become a space for virtual audio hang-outs and more serious controversial debates. Participants voiced their opinions about the Gulf’s normalization of Israeli ties, racism, and transgender rights.  This kindling of a sense of connection through the intimacy of voice and improvised conversation unfortunately comes …

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How Can Humanitarian Organisations Support Crisis-affected Communities Online? [Bread&Net 2020 Session]

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organizations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.  COVID-19 forced many humanitarian organizations to rapidly adopt digital tools like Whatsapp to share information with crisis-affected populations, and to deliver services like education, health information, …

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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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A New App Allows Posting Securely and Anonymously on Social Media

Feature image: Twitter users with the Chrome extension will be informed that a post is authenticated through a green frame (2nd and 3rd tweets). For many of us, being identified on social media or giving a close friend our account password is no big deal. However, for activists, peaceful protestors, journalists, and minority groups, the …

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