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Algeria Reconsiders Blocking Social Media to Prevent Cheating on Exams

The Internet was accessible again in Algeria at 3 p.m. last Sunday, ending government blocking of social media that started on Saturday at around 8 p.m. local time. The blocking, which the government intended to maintain until June 23, aimed to prevent cheating on the International Baccalaureate exams, according to officials. No explanation was given […]

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Tag cloud of bait content topics used by Stealth Falcon showing a strong emphasis on political topics and narratives critical of the UAE government. Source: Citizen Lab

Digital Citizen 4.4

In this month’s volume, we look at new research from Citizen Lab and provide updates on trials in the region. ACCESS & INTERFERENCE In mid-May, the Iraqi government once again ordered a complete country-wide shutdown of all Internet services between 5 am and 8 am during high school examinations, ostensibly to prevent cheating. The United […]

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Image Source: Yoniw, November 20, 2007. Nejmeh Square Beirut. Wikimedia Commons

2000 Eyes to Surveil Beirut by Year’s End

By the end of 2016, Beirutis’ driving and other public activities will be the target of mass municipal surveillance, thanks to a new $36 million system of networked cameras and control rooms, according to a June article in the trade publication Inavate. Approved by the municipality since February 28, 2014, the Beirut Surveillance Project, awarded […]

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