Middle East and North Africa

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

Our member SMEX is hosting its annual Bread&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.

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.

7amleh at RightsCon: On spyware, content moderation and internet infrastructure
7amleh at RightsCon: On spyware, content moderation and internet infrastructure 03 September 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

Having RightsCon 2020 take place entirely online not only demonstrates how the digital space is increasingly important for many spheres of life, but also illustrates how essential it is to protect digital rights as a fundamental part of human rights.

SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon
SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon 31 August 2020 Abed Kataya

On 30 August, Lebanese internet users reported an internet disruption that made it almost impossible to access platforms like Twitter. This outage affected many websites and services globally, but not all internet service providers nor all internet services in Lebanon were affected the same.

Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic
Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic 20 August 2020 Dr Nijmeh Ali

This position paper published by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the increase in Israeli digital rights violations with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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