Freedom of expression

Social Media Exchange (SMEX)

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Their work encompasses media development programmes as well as internet policy research and digital rights advocacy in support of more accessible, participatory and just enabling environments for civil society across the MENA region. While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Freedom of expression


Tel: +961 71 190 310 (Lebanon) / +1 202 999 2813 (USA)

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD)

Media Matters for Democracy, MMfD is a young Islamabad based non profit. MMfD has been formed on the vision and the belief that a liberal, professional media industry is the cornerstone of a progressive, democratic society. We strive for an inclusive, democratic media industry that is tech-friendly, progressive diverse, professional and secure. Media development in Pakistan is the main premise of Media Matters for Democracy. We undertake policy research and advocacy for better media regulation in Pakistan. We work for the acceptance and integration of digital media technologies and work towards creating sustainable citizen journalism initiatives in the country. Our work is focused on three key areas; policy advocacy through evidence building and generation of public debate, data and digital journalism and inclusion of citizen voices.

MMfD’s program areas include;

1. Freedom of [online and offline] Expression

This program is the foundation of MMfD. The program works on policy and practical levels and includes initiatives related to; a. Journalist security – MMfD is working with Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety, PCOMS and UNESCO on advocacy around media workers’ safety bill and ending impunity, b. Media regulation – MMfD is working to create awareness around media regulation, specially the regulation of electronic media in Pakistan and c. Internet governance – MMfD is one of the few organisations working on progressive and pro rights internet regulation policies

2. Media Development

This program aims to strengthen the media industry by building its credibility and capacity and includes initiatives on a. Ethical and Professional media – Under this program area we have conducted research into media economy and media content and b. ICTs and journalism – Under this program we are working on initiatives to bring technology to the media industry.

3. Gender and Media

The Gender and Media Program at MMfD seeks to improve the gender balance in the media industry and within media content. The program works on three areas including; a. Women in Media – This is a cross cutting program and seeks to ensure that women journalists remain beneficiaries in all of MMfD’s projects. The program area is trying to document the challenges and to seek solutions for empower women in media, b. Women voices in media – This is also a cross cutting theme across MMfD’s initiatives. We seek to ensure gender balance in all we produce on our own and are also working on producing evidence that highlights the existing gender gap within media content and Women Empowerment Online – Under this program, we seek to empower women to have their say online without fearing harassment of abuse.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Gender & ICTs,
  • Media & ICTs






Centre for Information Technology and Development

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that is committed to the use of information and communication technologies for development and promotion of good governance.

CITAD sees technology as tool to promote sustainable development, good government and peaceful coexistence. It uses ICT to empower youth and women through access to information, skills and online mentoring opportunities. The vision of the organization is A knowledge-based democratic society free of hunger with a mission that commits to Using ICTs to empower citizens for a just and knowledge based society that is anchored on sustainable and balanced development

Our areas of work include:

  • Applications of technology in governance and elections
  • Youth development and entrepreneurship
  • Peace building campaign, including Hate speech monitoring
  • Transparency and anti-corruption
  • ICT business development and promotion
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Freedom of expression,
  • ICT for development


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City/town: Kano
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Country: Nigeria
Telephone: 2348068078282
Organizational email: info AT

Instituto DEMOS

The organisation’s mission is to promote, strengthen and accompany women, youth and indigenous organizations, commited to democratic development processes from the local, national and international.

Our core values:

  • Justice, social equity and solidarity
  • Participative democracy
  • Peace as principle of relationship between people and nations.
Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • ICT for development,
  • ICT policy,
  • Internet governance


Instituto DEMOS
17 ave. 19-37, zona 10
Tel: (502) 24965400
guatemalademos AT

demos: User profile

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Country of residence is an organisation focused on developing and helping others use open and reusable systems. Our work has a focus on privacy, online security, and information management. Our goal is to create accessible technology and improve the skill set needed for defending human rights and freedoms in the digital age. The team has developed tools such as Corroborator (used for tracking rights violations in Syria), the Deflect and Distributed Deflect projects (tools used to protect sites against denial of service and other attacks) and circumvention and encryption tools. The team is geographically dispersed but the core members are based in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • Security & privacy,
  • Strategic use of the internet


5605 ave de Gaspe
Suite 204
Montréal, QC H2T 2A4

Thai Netizen Network

Thai Netizen Network is a leading nonprofit organisation in Thailand that advocates for digital rights and civil liberties.

Founded in December 2008, it grew out of a group of netizens who had concerns about limited internet freedom during post-coup governments. Its activities are based on five themes: 1) access to information, 2) freedom of opinion and expression, 3) privacy, 4) participatory internet governance, and 5) rights over information resources. The Network is run by a small working group, with consultation from its members and an advisory board drawn from civil society, industry and academia. The group was officially registered as the “Foundation for Internet and Civic Culture” in May 2014.

Key activities of the Network in recent years, in partnership with various local and international partners, include:
1) Netizen Report – an annual situational report of internet freedom and online culture in Thailand
2) Input to the civil society report for Thailand’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review
3) Cyber crime law and digital forensics capacity building for human rights lawyers
4) Digital security workshops for human rights defenders, journalists and activists
5) Marathon – a journal of internet studies and digital culture
6) Night School – a lecture series on the internet, media, arts and social movements
7) Research on the privacy policies and security measures of Thai online services
8) Mekong ICT Camp – a regional bi-annual workshop on ICT for development.

Topic areas of expertise:
  • Access to information,
  • Freedom of expression,
  • Human rights & ICTs,
  • Internet governance,
  • Open access,
  • Security & privacy


15 Rajanakarn Building 5th floor, Soi Pradiphat 17
Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400

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