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#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.

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.

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