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Hacklab 1: How the Internet Works

In April 2017, SMEX launched a program to empower youth with the knowledge and tools needed to safely navigate the internet. “Abtal el-fada’ el-raqmi” (أبطال الفضاء الرقمي) aims to create a community of tech-savvy youth committed to using the internet for social change. In its first phase, the program consists of six hacklabs designed to […]

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Roundtable discussion on "Media Freedom in Palestine," Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters, Ramallah, June 13, 2017 (MADA).

Limiting Palestinian Free Speech Online is no Solution to Cybercrime

Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations have called for a freeze on the recently publicized cybercrime law that was approved by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on June 24, 2017. In a press statement released by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the new law was criticized for its potential […]

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Lebanon: Authorities Failing to Protect Freedom of Expression

للقراءة باللغة العربية Lebanese authorities are failing to abide by their obligations to protect individuals from unfair trials and to ensure their right to freedom of expression, nine human rights and media organizations said today, following yet another criminal investigation of a Lebanese citizen for posts made on Facebook. Mr. Selman Samaha was called for […]

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Lara Bitar (L) in conversation with Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher in Masaha, Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017. (SMEX/Jad Shokor)

Wikimedia’s Katherine Maher on Freeing Knowledge in the MENA

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Monday, April 24, 2017 — Committed to nurturing open knowledge in Lebanon, Social Media Exchange (SMEX) invited Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to discuss the power of collaborative open knowledge projects. The talk, moderated by Lara Bitar, SMEX’s editorial director, focused on sharing ideas to grow the free knowledge […]

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