ADRD at IFF: Learning Who Will Use the Datasets, and How

In early March, I and the Datasets’ legal adviser, Nani Jansen, led a session on the datasets at the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF), a weeklong gathering in Valencia, Spain, of digital rights advocates from all over the world. We used the session — Data Exploration Hackathon: Visualizing the Relationship between Rule of Law and Digital Rights in MENA […]

Datasets Featured in MEDMEDIA Projects Database

MedMedia is a cross-Mediterranean program, implemented by multiple stakeholders and designed to “complement ongoing campaigns to promote media freedoms and overcome the barriers to sectorial change.” As part of the initiative, a database of media development projects across the region has been created to help minimize overlap of efforts, among other aims. The Arab Digital […]

EFF “Crime of Speech” Report References Datasets

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published the “Crime of Speech: How Arab Governments Use the Law to Silence Expression Online,” a new report by Wafa ben Hassine that looks at legal frameworks for online expression in the MENA region generally, and examines which kinds of laws are being used in four Arab-region countries to crackdown […]

A Webinar with Silk.co on the Arab Digital Rights Datasets

Update August 10, 2016: Silk was purchased by Palantir and is no longer being maintained. We will be updating the dataset and porting over the data to a new online outpost in mid to late 2017. In this webinar, I spoke with Jurian Bass and Sarah Aoun, from Silk.co, a platform where people can easily […]

Datasets Kick Off MENA Internet Policy Observatory Workshop in Istanbul

Earlier this month, the Annenberg School for Communication’s Internet Policy Observatory teamed up with Citizen Lab, ASL19, Social Media Exchange, 7iber, and Kadir Has University’s New Media Department to host an Internet Policy Research Methods Workshop focused on policy development in the MENA region. The program brought together young scholars and activists working in digital rights and the […]

Experimenting with the Datasets at Data4Chan.ge 2014

[pdf-embedder url=”https://news.cyrilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ADRD_Prototype_v1.pdf”]   With a greatly expanded dataset—including laws from 20 countries, nearly twice as many countries as the original dataset that covered six countries and Iran—SMEX participated in the inaugural Data4Chan.ge workshop hosted by Small Media in London, last month. The two-day workshop covered principles of data visualization and then gave teams comprising civil […]

The Emerging Legal Framework for Free Expression Online in MENA

This paper surveys the emerging legal framework for online expression in the Arab region and is the foundation for a series of blogposts on the topic on the SMEX website. The research conducted for it, along with the initial data collection, originally spurred the idea of the datasets. [pdf-embedder url=”https://news.cyrilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ADRD_Legal_Framework_v1.pdf”]