Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Bahrain On 11 August, Al-Wasat, the country’s only independent newspaper, resumed publishing following a government ban that lasted a few days. The newspaper was suspended by the Information Affairs Authority on 6 August for its […]

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Subscribe here! Bahrain The Bahrain Center for Human rights reported that on 9 July 2015, the Bahraini electronic crimes directorate started investigations some Twitter users for alleged insults toward elected members of parliament, and that one […]

Subscribe here! For several years, Hacking Team—a Milan-based company that produces offensive intrusion and surveillance software to governments—has been a thorn in the side of digital rights activists. A 2014 paper from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which detailed how the company’s software works, relied heavily on its alleged use by Saudi Arabia to […]

Subscribe here! Bahrain Opposition activist Fadhil Abbas has been handed a jail sentence over tweets he wrote criticising the Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen, in which Bahrain is involved. Abbas was arrested on March 27, a day after the launch of the airstrikes, which he described as an ‘invasion’ and an ‘act of aggression’. […]

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Subscribe here! Bahrain Women’s rights activist Ghada Jamsheer was sentenced to 20 months in jail for posting tweets exposing corruption at King Hamad University Hospital. Egypt Two Egyptian journalists were recently sentenced to prison in […]

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Algeria On 26 May, a court acquitted cartoonist Tahar Djehiche of insulting the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika over cartoons he published on Facebook. In the cartoons, Djehiche expressed his opposition to the exploitation of shale […]

Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. Subscribe! Bahrain On 14 May, an appeals court upheld a six-month jail sentence against prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab over a tweet deemed insulting to the country’s interior and defence ministries. In the tweet […]

Algeria On 20 April, cartoonist Tahar Djehiche was summoned by police for investigation over cartoons he published on facebook. Djehiche was accused of defaming and insulting Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, over cartoons opposing the exploitation of shale gas in In Salah, a town in the center of the country. Bahrain On 26 April, Bahrain once […]

Arrests in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Oman and DDoS attacks in Lebanon – Volume 2.8 looks at these things and more.

Amidst war in Yemen and a terrorist attack in Tunis, a free Internet remains important as ever. In this volume, we zoom in on those countries, and more.