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

<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>

#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.

IGF 2016 - Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa policy brief
IGF 2016 - Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa policy brief 05 December 2016 APC

With the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicking off this week in Guadalajara, Mexico, we developed a guide for participants from the Middle East and North Africa, identifying sessions on themes relevant in the region: human rights, security, trade, and the internet economy.

Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"
Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously" 05 October 2016 Leila Nachawati Rego

Mohammed Maskati at IGMENA, Tunis. 2 October 2016. Photo by Leila Nachawati Rego Mohammed al-Maskati is a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and founder of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights. He works as a digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, a human rights organisation founded in 2001 to protect human rights defenders at risk. He has worked with a diversity of int...

At the Internet Governance Middle East and North Africa Summit: What is the role of civil society?
At the Internet Governance Middle East and North Africa Summit: What is the role of civil society? 29 September 2016

Together for a free and open internet is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis.

Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region
Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region 25 May 2016 Mohammad Tarakiyee

This issue paper links challenges to civil participation in internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa and the state of internet rights in the region with civil society advocacy strategies, as well as providing some recommendations, with a focus on Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.  

#FreeAlaa
#FreeAlaa 27 October 2015 APC

27 October marks one year since Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was last arrested for his peaceful activism, and he has remained detained since then. We are all gathering around one hashtag – #FreeAlaa – to call for his release and the release of all those unjustly detained in Egypt.

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