Cyberspace

Walls Have Ears, but Digital Walls Have Ears and Eyes

Syrians used to say “walls have ears” to warn someone that they crossed a red line or to refer to the country’s security apparatus and its deployed informants, the “Mukhabarat.” In 2011, the same people broke the silence and fear...

Organizing in Syria: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the March 2011 uprising, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in regime-controlled areas of Syria that significantly implicate, affect, and punish the exercise of key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online,...

2/25 Virtual Event: Ten Years On: Contesting Cyberspace in MENA

Digital tools and tactics played a key role in the MENA region’s 2010-2011 protests. In the decade since, the digital space has evolved dramatically, serving both as a platform to mobilize change, but also a mechanism of suppression. Through a...

Organizing in Egypt: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the January 25 Revolution, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in Egypt that significantly affect and implicate the key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online, including the rights to freedom of...

The Promise of Open Data in Lebanon

When the Lebanese government hired the New-York-based consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal in July to conduct a forensic audit of the country’s Central Bank and study the scale of Lebanon’s economic and financial crisis, many were skeptical. The forensic audit...

Organizing in Tunisia: Legislative Fact Sheet

Since the Jasmine Revolution, a number of decrees and laws have been passed in Tunisia that implicate and affect key rights at the heart of organizing on the ground and online, including the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly,...

From Free Space to a Tool of Oppression: What Happened to the Internet Since the Arab Spring?

In 2011, on a wall near the Ministry of Interior in Tunis, protestors sprayed the graffiti “Thank you, Facebook” in recognition of how social media platforms helped activists organize, cover the protests, and disseminate information globally. While this has often...