Ramy Raoof

Ramy is a technologist, privacy and security researcher. He interacts with a wide spectrum ranging from NGOs, journalists, lawyers, politicians, and artists on the intersection of tech and social causes, mainly on privacy and security, by devoting his skills as a techie and passion for free/open culture. Ramy develops privacy protocols, and in his research he focuses on surveillance patterns and holistic privacy. In the course of his work, he has provided and developed digital security plans and strategies for NGOs and members of the media, emergency response in cases of physical threats, support on publishing sensitive materials, secure systems for managing sensitive information, and operational plans for human rights emergency response teams, in Egypt and the MENA region. Most recently, Ramy has been volunteering with different NGOs and civil liberty groups in Central & South America, to enhance their privacy and security through means of behavioral change based on understanding surveillance and threat models in their own contexts and environments.

In October 2017, Ramy received the 2017 international award Heroes of Human Rights and Communications Surveillance, “for exhaustive efforts to reveal invasive and harmful surveillance tactics that are being used to harm users at risk.”, by Access Now. In May 2016 he received the international Bobs Award – Best of Online Activism in recognition for his work in digital security and privacy. In January 2016, he was named in the World Top 100 Info Security Influencers list by CISO Platform in India. In 2012, he was ranked number 10 by the Newsweek Magazine in the Revolutionaries list of the Digital Power Index, after being ranked number 14 by Forbes Middle East in Top 100 Arab Presence on Twitter a year earlier.

Among different hats, Ramy is Senior Research Technologist at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), Research Fellow with Citizen Lab, and currently a volunteer visitor with Fundación Acceso assisting collectives and networks in Central America around infosec and activism. He is also Internet Freedom Festival Fellow on security and privacy best practices.

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Latest posts by Ramy Raoof

Two-Step Verification in Egypt: Strength or Weakness for Online Security?

Independent researchers in Egypt have identified what appears to be a new technical avenue for state surveillance: manipulation of the two-step verification process. Many activists, journalists and regular citizens throughout...

‘There is No Shame in Fear': Confronting Surveillance in Post-Revolution Egypt

"...as so many unjust things become normalized in our daily lives, the act of spreading information and informing others – however difficult – becomes an ever-more vital part of activism."

Get the Facts: Egypt Ramps Up Digital Surveillance

Egypt's Ministry of Interior wants to monitor all online content -- public and private. Learn what the government is doing now, and what it's hoping to do in the future.

Egypt: Timeline of Communication Shutdown during the Revolution

This diagram represents sequence of communication shutdown implemented by security agencies in Egypt and telecommunications companies between January 25th and February 6th, to control the flow of information between people.

Mobile Tactics for Participants in Peaceful Assemblies

If you are participating in a peaceful assembly as a journalists, rights defender, or activists, your mobile phone is an invaluable asset. It allows you to communicate with allies, to...

Egypt: how companies help the government spy on activists

Few weeks ago when authorities didn’t respond immediately to people’s demand, many Egyptians stormed the State Security Investigations (SSI) headquarters to protect the evidences against SSI offices (including torture equipments...

Egypt: Blogger Sentenced to 3 Years for Insulting the Military

Along the many years where the former president Hosni Mubarak ruled the country we didn’t witness large scale of cases where a blogger gets jailed for a blog-post. The first...

Egypt: Sequence of Communication Shutdown during 2011 Uprising

25 January 2011 was the day when people of Egypt went to the streets in several proveniences to demonstrate against President Mubarak and the current regime. Online platforms and social...

Egypt: Facebook Disables Popular Anti-Torture Page

Update 1: The deactivated page is back. According to an email received by the page admin, “After reviewing your situation, we have reinstated the page, and you should now be...

Egypt: Netizen Facing Military Trial for Creating Facebook Page

Update 1: On November 30th, 2010, the military court sentenced Ahmed to 6 months imprisonment for broadcasting secrets of defense on Facebook. For the second time in Egypt an internet...

Egypt: New Regulations to Monitor bulk SMS Content

The Egyptian National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) decided to set a new regulation in Egypt on 11 October forcing all companies sending bulk SMS Conten short text messages (SMS) to...

Egypt: Security Department to Monitor Facebook and Support the Government

On 1st July, 2010, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior (MOI) has reportedly established a special department to monitor Facebook activities and content in Egypt according to the administrative decision 765....

Egypt: Misuse of World Wide Web, Official Charge Against Activists

AlKhalifa misdemeanor court will consider the case 8260/2009 on Saturday 22nd of May 2010, in which judge Abdel Fattah Mourad is accusing Ahmed Seif – Director of Hisham Mubarak Law...

Egypt: Using Online Media & Digital Devices to Release Detainees

Earlier this month, the April 6 Youth Movement staged a protest in front of the Egyptian Peoples Assembly calling for more political freedoms and an end to Egypt's restrictive “emergency...

Egypt: Governmental Decision to Block Skype using USB Modem

It looks like the Egyptian Government attempts to control the cyberspace and netizens are moving forward. Although, Egypt didn’t witness many attempts to block websites and online services, the government...

One Post Against Cyber-Censorship

Do you believe in Freedom of Speech? Do you think its normal to be profiled or tracked while being online?! Do you think it’s your right to enjoy uncensored Internet...

Egypt: Bloggers detained for showing Solidarity!

-Update (16 Jan, 1pm Cairo Timings): arrested activists in Naga Hammadi got a release order from a while, but its still unknown where/how will they be released from Qena or...

Egypt: E-mail Monitor officially recognized

While the local and international media are getting more concerned about the Egyptian government's policy in restricting convoys to Gaza Strip, there isn't much information concerning the active monitoring of...

Social Media in the Arab World, Snowball heading to Democracy

On its website, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Arabic network that promotes freedom of speech, announced: The internet has a snowball effect on the process of democracy...

Video: How Police & Customs Officers deal with Bloggers at Cairo Airport?

Today, 21 October 2009, Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas was stopped by security officers at Cairo airport while his coming back to Cairo. From his last two experiences, Abbas didn’t travel...

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