How to Find Digital Rights Laws on CYRILLA

CYRILLA is an open database of digital rights law from around the world. We document legislation, cases and analyses that concern various digital rights issues, and have tailored the database to support research and advocacy efforts. To compliment the launch of our new homepage, we’ve put together a video demonstrating the ways in which you […]

New on CYRILLA: Online freedom of expression cases from around the world

CYRILLA has now uploaded 383 additional online freedom of expression cases. The cases were collected by Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University (CGFE), which is a member of the CYRILLA Collaborative. As part of their work, CGFE maintains the Global Database of Freedom of Expression Law, which includes an Arabic-language version recently launched at […]

Use Case: Using CYRILLA for Global Partners Digital Encryption Map

Global Partners Digital (GPD), a UK-based social purpose company committed to protecting human rights in digital spaces, maps legislation that impacts the use of encryption technologies, highlighting the key articles that limit or restrict the use of these technologies. To help GPD expand its World map of encryption laws and policies to include countries in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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”]