· July, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2015

30 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.4

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

28 July 2015

#HackingTeam Leaks: Lebanon’s Cybercrime Bureau Exploited Angry Birds to Surveil Citizens’ Mobile Devices

Lebanon's Cybercrime Bureau seems to be conducting surveillance outside the boundaries of local law — and using Hacking Team software to do it.

22 July 2015

Netizen Report: You Can’t Encrypt, But We Can Spy

"...the revelations have touched a nerve with certain Global Voices community members who are now virtually certain that their own communications devices were infected and monitored using Hacking Team spyware."

21 July 2015

After 6 Years in Jail, the Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Says Today's Internet Has Changed—for the Worse

Derakhshan, a former Global Voices writer, was incarcerated for six years for his blogging. His first English-language piece since his release criticizes the current state of the Internet.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab, and then renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

10 July 2015

Digital Citizen 3.3

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World.

9 July 2015

ISIS Hacks Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Website and Threatens its Director

The ISIS cyber army allegedly threatened Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman for his role in documenting human rights abuses committed by all parties in the ongoing war in Syria.

8 July 2015

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.