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Human rights organizations call on Egyptian authorities to cease restrictions on internet freedoms and digital rights

Following the rise in the number of patients with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Egyptian authorities have taken significant, large-scale measures in order to limit the spread of the virus. These include imposing a curfew on citizens for a specified number of hours, the full and temporary closure of some government departments, and reduction of the number …

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8-bit: A list of secure tools/apps that is recommended for companies/individuals, to work remotely

Masaar (Community for Technology and Law) held a webinar on Tuesday, May 5, on “Tools and Applications of Digital Security in Remote Work”. This discussion is the first of a series of discussions entitled (8 bits) which Massar aims to organize during the coming period. Ahmed Mekkawy, director and founder of Spirula Systems and Mohamed …

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Psychological Support for Medical Staff initiative and Masaar launch a privacy policy for the website fronline-support.org

A group of doctors and psychologists launched an initiative to provide psychological support, in its various forms, for medical staff working on the frontlines in fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Egypt. The voluntary (Psychosocial Support for Medical Staff) initiative provides psychological support to medical personnel through the Internet. This initiative comes in light of …

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Internet Censorship in Time of Social Distancing

[Link to the page on GitHub] Authorities should review its decisions of blocking hundreds of websites enabling digital communication services for individuals On April 9, 2020, the Egyptian authorities blocked the Socialist Popular Alliance Party website “Daaarb”, while on the same day “Mada” team announced that their website was blocked for the 22nd time. Meanwhile, …

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Press Release: Masaar (Community for Technology and Law): For Safe and Free Use of the Internet

Masaar (Community for Technology and Law) announces the launch of its activities in defending the rights and freedoms associated with using the Internet and technology in Egypt. Our community aims to provide the legal and technical expertise needed by society and individuals to meet challenges pertaining to digital surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, freedom of …

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Masaar joins 100+ organisations in telling governments: don’t use the coronavirus pandemic as cover for expanding digital surveillance

  Joint Civil Society Statement: States use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide. However, States’ efforts to contain the virus must not be used as a cover to usher in a …

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