Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade the notoriously slow internet in Lebanon, he observed thin blue pipe being[...]
Feature image via national news agency, June 2018: Minister of information Melham Riachy launching the Eye Police Application . The Eye Police Registration Form, July 2018. Eye Police, the Ministry of Information’s new mobile application which serves as a platform for users to report issues in Lebanon, poses a serious[...]
Feature image via Bora S. Kamel, Flickr, July 8, 2012: Censorship has gone beyond print publications to electronic publications. The Sudan National Assembly passed the Law on Combating Cybercrimes of 2018, referred to as the “Cybercrimes Law,” on June 10, just days before the government approved a bill amending the[...]
Last week, protests broke out in Basra and quickly spread across southern Iraq. On Saturday, the Iraqi government began intermittently shutting down the internet and reduced the connection speed across the country. #End_internet_shutdowns because they violate Iraqis’ rights to freedom of expression and puts them in great danger.
Feature image Egypt today, July 2018: A screenshot from Mona el-Mazbouh’s apology video. A Lebanese tourist was sentenced to eight years in Egyptian prison after viral video on Facebook. Mona el-Mazbouh, 24, posted a video complaining about the sexual harassment she had experienced in Cairo while on vacation. The video[...]
Many websites and hyperlinks to unverified WhatsApp applications–marketed as “WhatsApp Plus” and promising its users additional features for free–are being shared widely on Twitter, WhatsApp, and other social media. SMEX (smex.org), an organization whose mission is to spread digital awareness and understanding of digital rights, warns that these applications have[...]
Last week, the Egyptian parliament approved a draconian also known as the Cybercrimes law, which compels Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Egypt to censor content and collect data on users at the behest of the government and outlines harsh punishments for individuals. Violators of this law can face up to[...]
According to a statement from the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (ISF), several WhatsApp users have complained that their accounts have been hacked and their information stolen by unknown parties who managed to exploit SMS activation codes sent by the company to users’ phones via SMS. These unknown parties are scamming[...]