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Connect.. Masaar launches a new section on its website

Masaar – Technology and Law Community launched on its website a new section with the name “Connect”, to feature articles and present a podcast on technology and law. The content published in this section will be based on questions and consultations received by Masaar. This section will provide responses to questions and consultations through articles …

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Masaar joins 55 supporters and partners of Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2021

We are excited to participate in the fifth edition of Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2021 (PDAF) <p dir=”ltr” style=”text-align: justify;” align=”left”>7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media launches the fifth edition of Palestine Digital Activism Forum 2021 (PDAF). The forum will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2021, and …

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Statement from global civil society on the impact of Facebook, Google and Twitter: Concern for democracy and human rights must not end at the US’s borders

We are organisations working globally to strengthen democracy and human rights. Today we are demanding that Facebook, Google, and Twitter urgently demonstrate the concern they have claimed toward democratic processes in the United States to the remaining 96% of humanity. Immediate action is needed to avoid further aiding and abetting harm to democracy and human …

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Open Letter to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube: Stop silencing critical voices from the Middle East and North Africa

Ten years ago today, 26-year old Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest over injustice and state marginalization, igniting mass uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other countries across the Middle East and North Africa. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring, we, the undersigned activists, journalists, and human …

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55 organizations around the world stand with EIPR against Egypt’s human rights crimes

The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the persecution of employees of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and Egyptian civil society by the Egyptian government. We urge the global community and their respective governments to do the same and join us in calling for the release of detained human rights defenders and a stop to …

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Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.. 18 Years of Defending the Rights of Egyptians

Four staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) are in prison for their work in defending human rights. Masaar – Technology and Law Community, believes that the arrest of the four activists comes as part of the authorities’ attack on the Egyptian human rights movement, an attack that began in 2014 with …

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Human rights organizations call on Egypt’s government to end internet censorship and website blocking

The undersigning human rights organizations denounce the Egyptian authorities’ blocking of at least 600 websites since May 2017 including media, political and human rights platforms. Blocking websites is a violation of people’ rights for access to information and freedom of expression. The Egyptian authorities have been using the equipment of the United States’ company Sandvine …

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Press and Human Rights Websites Blocked in Egypt Using Sandvine Equipment

“Masaar – Technology and Law Community” published a report on 24 October, on the activities of Sandvine; a company whose name has been in circulation in the past years for being active in the field of developing, manufacturing and operating software and equipment used by governments as tools for internet surveillance. Masaar conducted a series …

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The Egyptian authorities block “Telegram”

Technology and Law Community “Masaar” documented the blocking of the Telegram website and application by the Egyptian authorities on 22 October 2020. The authorities blocked Telegram on three of the Internet service networks operating in Egypt. These networks included “We”, “Vodafone” and “Orange”. Masaar learned about the blocking action after complaints from several users of …

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