Spotlight on Augmented Reality in the Arab World Following its release on July 6, Niantic’s new augmented-reality game Pokemon Go ignited debate about its implications for users’ privacy and personal information. The game’s launch also caused controversy in the region. In Saudi Arabia, the top clerical body renewed a 15-year-old edict that the Pokemon franchise […]

Spotlight on Internet Shutdowns In early June, Algeria’s Baccalaureate exams were leaked, prompting authorities to temporarily shut down mobile internet access. As a result, the Ministry of Education ordered a retake of some of the exams. During the retake, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies blocked social media platforms. Blocking social media sites or […]

In this month’s volume, we look at new research from Citizen Lab and provide updates on trials in the region.

Spotlight on the Inkyfada CyberAttack   After its publication of a Panama Papers report mentioning local politician Mohsen Marzouk, the Tunisian online magazine Inkyfada came under a cyberattack on April 4. Hackers attempted to manipulate the site’s content by publishing false information. Following the attack, the site’s managers took it offline to secure its servers, […]

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

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

As a diverse group of writers, researchers, technologists, and advocates, we have been closely following the discussions around refugees and technology. While not always an issue of digital rights, these discussions are nevertheless about rights. Although our views may differ as to the impact of technologies on society, we agree that technology is shaping both […]

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Algeria Zoulikha Belarbi, an activist and human rights defender was arrested on 20 October in Tlemcen, western Algeria by local police, after publishing on her Facebook page a caricature of the Algerian president Bouteflika. The […]

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

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Subscribe here! Bahrain The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 40 human rights and press freedom groups, has called on Bahraini authorities to release imprisoned blogger Abduljalil Alsingace. Alsingace has been on hunger strike since 21 […]