Middle East and North Africa

Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights
Connection Interrupted: Israel’s control of the Palestinian ICT infrastructure and its impact on digital rights 31 January 2019 Anan AbuShanab for 7amleh

APC member 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launched the report “Connection Interrupted” in English and Arabic. It details the Israeli control over the Palestinian ICT infrastructure in the West Bank and Gaza and its impact on the digital rights of the Palestinian people. Since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in 1967, Israel took complete control of the ICT infrastructure and sector in the West Bank and Gaza, impeding development and blo...

Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality
Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality 21 December 2018 7amleh Centre

This report by APC member 7amleh analyses the abstention of the online payment company PayPal and the impact of this stance on the Palestinian economy. It discusses the readiness of the Palestinian economy and the efforts exerted by the Palestine Monetary Authority to overcome the economic obstacles as well as the developments that have taken place in recent years. It presents the purchasing power of the Palestinian economy and the potential opportunities if PayPal provided its services ...

Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019
Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019 19 December 2018 7amleh Centre

APC member 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media will host the Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) on 16-17 January 2019. The forum will be attended by dozens of individuals and organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including the Association for Progressive Communications, Amnesty International, Deutsche Welle, and Human Rights Watc...

100 days for Alaa Abd El-Fattah
100 days for Alaa Abd El-Fattah 17 December 2018 APCNews

As we start 2019, we want to remember the human rights defenders from our community who are currently facing prison, disappeared or have been killed in retaliation for their work. Among them, we are particularly concerned about the fate of Egyptian free speech activists in the context of increased authoritarianism and repression under the current Egyptian regime, including renowned human rights...

A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space
A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space 22 November 2018 Shahrazad Odeh for 7amleh

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Development of Social Media and the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation published a comprehensive research report on the phenomenon of gender-based violence in social networks and the Internet. This research is the first of its kind in Palestine and regionally. The study included qualitative and quantitative aspects of the phenomenon of gender-based violence...

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations. ...

Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or neutral content moderation policies?
Facebook and Palestinians: Biased or neutral content moderation policies? 30 October 2018 7amleh Centre

This paper published by 7amleh Center focuses on Facebook’s discriminatory practices in moderation of Palestinian content against the background of the Israeli government’s heavy pressure on Facebook. The policy paper begins with an analysis of Facebook’s content moderation guidelines and practices, in particular in areas in conflict or under occupation, and later focuses on Pal...

APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum
APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum 24 September 2018 7amleh

This member story was featured in the  2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on rights. 7amleh Center has been laying the foundations for awareness and advocacy on digital rights in Palestine through the publication of a groundbreaking research on “Internet Freedoms in Palestine - Mapping of Digital Rights Violations and Threats”, and bringing key policy makers from social m...

Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians
Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians 19 September 2018 7amleh

This report by 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement reveals new insights about how Google Maps’ mapping process in the occupied Palestinian territories serves the interests of the Israeli government and contradicts Google’s commitment to international human rights frameworks. In particular it focuses on Google Maps’ representation of geography and political boundaries in Is...

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

Delivered by: Wafa Ben-Hassine on 18 September 2018 Thank you Mr. President. I represent Access Now and the Association for Progressive Communications, as well as over 40 other global human rights organisations that are ringing the alarm bell on the latest oppressive measures imposed on Egyptians online. I wish to bring to the Council’s attention the Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation La...

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