Middle East and North Africa

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

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

SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online?
SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online? 24 March 2021 SMEX

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organisations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.

Racism and Incitement Index 2020: The Increase in racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs during the pandemic
Racism and Incitement Index 2020: The Increase in racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs during the pandemic 17 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The results of 7amleh's Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Networks during the year 2020 showed an increase in violent discourse towards Arabs by 16% over the year 2019, with 1 out of every 10 posts about Palestinians and Arabs in 2020 containing violent speech.

PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic
PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic 03 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement has announced the opening of registration for the fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, which will take place online this year, between 29 March and April 1.

Bread&Net event to address digital rights in the new reality
Bread&Net event to address digital rights in the new reality 30 November 2020 APCNews

<p>Our member SMEX is hosting its annual Bread&amp;Net event on 1-4 December to address digital rights in the new reality: one that has impacted the digital economy, shifted the conversation around surveillance, and presented new opportunities for governments to censor online speech.</p>

Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights 23 November 2020 Various

The undersigned organisations express their deepest concern about the unprecedented escalation against EIPR, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of three EIPR employees by Egyptian security forces since 15 November.

SMEX: Remote learning and the digital divide in Lebanon
SMEX: Remote learning and the digital divide in Lebanon 27 October 2020 Tala Ramadan for SMEX

With the onset of the economic crisis and the pandemic, education in Lebanon changed dramatically with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is taking place remotely on digital platforms. This abrupt shift to the digital realm has significant academic and social implications.

#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”!
#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”! 29 September 2020 Ali Sibai for SMEX

This year, governments in the Middle East and North Africa have continued to shut down and throttle the internet during grade and high school examinations. So far, governments in Jordan, Syria, Algeria, and Sudan have disrupted the internet during examinations.

APC Impact Report 2016-2019 and highlights from 2020
APC Impact Report 2016-2019 and highlights from 2020 24 September 2020

The APC Impact Report 2016-2019 encapsulates the APC network's high level impact over the four years of our strategic cycle, which ended in 2019. While the report looks back at our work, it also brings us forward through the strategic direction that we set for ourselves in the next four years.

72% of Palestinians have been exposed to misleading news - 7amleh’s new research “Fake News in Palestine”
72% of Palestinians have been exposed to misleading news - 7amleh’s new research “Fake News in Palestine” 16 September 2020 7amleh-The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

This research is part of 7amleh’s ongoing series of publications on Palestinian digital rights in order to raise awareness and create a knowledge base for advocacy work.

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