Middle East and North Africa

APC Annual Report 2020
APC Annual Report 2020 20 October 2021 APC

This publication tells a story of collective adaptation and resilience, closeness and collaboration, care and connections, of a growing community navigating change.  

#FreeAlaa: Freedom for our courageous friend and human rights defender, Alaa Abdel Fattah
#FreeAlaa: Freedom for our courageous friend and human rights defender, Alaa Abdel Fattah 06 October 2021 SMEX and others

Our courageous friend and colleague, Egyptian activist and technologist Alaa Abdel Fattah, must be released from his arbitrary detention immediately.

Hateful Network: Hate speech on social media platforms among Palestinians and its impact on their digital rights
Hateful Network: Hate speech on social media platforms among Palestinians and its impact on their digital rights 01 October 2021

This newly released study by 7amleh –The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement sheds light on the spread of hate speech among Palestinians in the digital space and its repercussions on their digital rights.

#TheAppWatchdog: SMEX expands its work to secure Lebanese citizens’ digital data
#TheAppWatchdog: SMEX expands its work to secure Lebanese citizens’ digital data 23 June 2021 Social Media Exchange (SMEX)

In Lebanon, the legal framework for privacy and data protection is in limbo, cybersecurity is minimal to non-existent, and citizens’ rights are neglected. SMEX has been following these issues closely, and now, it is expanding its work to serve as a watchdog over citizens’ digital data.

Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47
Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47 14 June 2021 APC

This statement was submitted ahead of the Human Rights Council 47th session to express grave concern over digital rights violations against Palestinians during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights
The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights 01 June 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

From 6 to 18 May 2021, 7amleh worked to document and respond to the digital rights violations occurring during the 2021 Israeli attacks on Gaza, on Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel, and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights
7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights 01 June 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The report shows increases in attacks on Palestinian digital rights and details the violations on various social media and technology platforms, including the spread of hate speech and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs in the Hebrew language.

Hashtag Palestine 2020
Hashtag Palestine 2020 10 May 2021 E.M., Alison Carmel, Rahaf Salahat and Sarah Abu Alrob

#Hashtag Palestine 2020 is 7amleh’s sixth annual review of key digital rights issues facing Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, drawing on events that took place from January through December 2020.

#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic
#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic 10 May 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

7amleh launched its annual report on Palestinian digital rights, entitled “#Hashtag Palestine 2020”. The report details violations that took place in 2020, and specifically during the coronavirus pandemic, by authorities, technology companies and the Palestinian society itself.

Seeding change: 7amleh on mapping the digital occupation of Palestine
Seeding change: 7amleh on mapping the digital occupation of Palestine 20 April 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities' lives? Today, let's see how Palestinian organisation 7amleh advocates for Palestinian digital rights.

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