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Blocking VoIP in the MENA region


From Morocco to Jordan, governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have blocked access to voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, such as Skype, WhatsApp calling, and others. VoIP blocking often occurs to protect the profits of the incumbent telecom operators, many of which have a monopoly and are at least partially owned by the government.



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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on October 15, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Why Net Neutrality matters for end-users in the MENA Region?



“Allowing broadband carriers to control what people see and do online would fundamentally undermine the principles that have made the Internet such a success,” said Vint Cerf, considered by many as the father of the Internet. He was speaking of a vision shared widely and a fundamental concept on the Internet: Net Neutrality. A term often heard, Net Neutrality is simply defined as the principle that Internet users can connect to any other point in the network. In other words, users…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on October 15, 2016 at 3:24pm — No Comments

#iGmena Summit 2016 held in Tunis

TUNIS, TUNISIA, 4 October 2016 —

The Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (iGmena) program (www.igmena.org), an initiative of the Hague-based Humanistic Institute for Development (Hivos) (www.hivos.org), held its first-ever Summit in Tunis, Tunisia, from 30 September and to 2 October. iGmena Summit 2016 was hosted by…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on October 15, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Egypt's cybercrime law overstep legal and Human rights boundaries

On May 10, 2016, the Egyptian Parliament began working on a new draft of a bill related to cyber crime. This bill was been submitted by MP Tamer Shihawi, and sets out new penalties and sanctions for a number of illegal electronic practices and crimes. Shihawi’s suggestion came as a reaction against what he called "chaotic" and individual "violations" on the internet.



He justified his proposition by the fact that this law aims to protect national security,…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on July 4, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

IGMENA event : Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) transition from censorship to openness and transparency

 

Venue : 404 labs, 13  Jugurtha Street, Mutuelle Ville

 

The Internet Governance in the Middle East and North African Region program(IGMENA) will organize a roundtable discussion on 20 May 2016 at 3 PM. The meeting will be held in the previous ATI headquarter (404 labs). The Tunisian Internet Agency ATI is the exclusive state Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the country. ATI was considered, during the former regime as the…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on May 18, 2016 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Why an Open Internet Matters ?

As an Internet Society board member coming from the Middle East, I’m often confronted by the question of whether it is enough to have Internet access, or must we also ensure that the access is open and unrestricted. I hereby lay the case in this short article in defense of the argument that having an open Internet does matter and we ought to ensure it remains so.



For development



With an open Internet, there is a steady stream of…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on April 2, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

The Internet of Things: Are We Ready for This Challenge?

The Constitutive General Assembly of the Moroccan Federation of Internet Associations (MFIA) was held on the sidelines of…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on March 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Attracting the Next Generation of Grassroots Internet Policy Advocates

In the Middle East and North Africa region, technology has become a tool that mediates a vast set of interoperable relationships between Internet governance stakeholders that include governments, businesses, civil society, the technical community, and academia. It touches upon fundamental aspects of the end user’s everyday consumption of the Internet. This includes issues that concern cybersecurity, human rights, net neutrality, state surveillance, and censorship.…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on March 30, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

What If Apple was operating in Egypt?

The world is currently watching and waiting for the victory of one of two warring sides. It is a battle of privacy versus national security. The world is divided into two rival groups: one stands up for the personal privacy side (Apple), while the other takes the side of national security (FBI) as it is public interest and it is a worthy protection.



The story started when FBI asked for Apple’s help to breach the privacy settings of one of Apple’s…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on March 29, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

IGMENA Active Engagement and Participation in ICANN 55 Marrakesh

The ICANN 55 fellowship in Marrakesh, 5-10 March 2016 represented the perfect opportunity to showcase the engagement of the IGMENA community of fellows from across the MENA region. They came to the ICANN fellowship program to explore what it means to be an active member of the ICANN fellowship community. They discovered the ICANN multi-stakeholder policy process through their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and support from their coaches and the wider ICANN community.



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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on March 26, 2016 at 4:35am — No Comments

IGMENA Hangout: Exploring Gender Internet Policy Gaps in the Mena Region

The second IGMENA Google Hangout of 2016 addressed the topic of Exploring Gender Internet Policy Gaps in the Mena Region. The debate was moderated by Mr. Hamza Ben Mehrez, the Policy Analyst Lead at IGMENA. The participants in this debate were prominent women Internet governance leaders from across the MENA Region:

 

  • Ms. Oumaima Elsherif, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Promising voices foundation for human rights and participatory development,…
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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 25, 2016 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Gender, Human Rights, and Internet Governance

 

Four women Internet Policy Analyst (IPA) authors, part of the Internet Governance for the MENA Region (IGMENA) program, came to the Tunis International Radio Channel to talk about gender, human rights, and Internet governance and shed light on Internet gender policy gaps in the MENA region. The radio session tacked many questions on gender as it relates to Internet policies. The IPA authors answered questions such as: What is the size of the Internet gender gap?…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Tunisian Multistakeholderism Approach for Internet Governance

 

On the fifth anniversary of its revolution, Tunisia had much to celebrate, many lessons still to learn, and a lot of best practices and case studies to provide to other countries. However, the upheavals in the region make Tunisia’s own fitful democratic transition challenging to adopt a hopeful vision for the future of democracy in the country. Yet as grim as things may sometimes look, there is no choice but to stay optimistic for the course towards Internet freedom, a strong…
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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 23, 2016 at 2:44pm — No Comments

A Reflection on IPA Authors’ Experience at the Arab Internet Governance Forum in Beirut

Internet Governance for the MENA Region (IGMENA) program authors came to the Tunis International Radio Channel Radio (RTCI) Session English Hour with Mrs. Hayat Toukabri to share their experiences with the Internet Policy Analyst (IPA) project and the Arab Internet Governance Forum (AIGF) that was held in Beirut. The radio guests included:

 

• Mr. Hafeth Yahmadi, Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group Member, AIGF

• Mr. Hamza Ben Mehrez,…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 23, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Vote for IGMENA to Win WSIS 2016 Prize!

We are so happy to announce that our project made it to the semi finals of WSIS prize 2016! We can win this prize only if you vote for our distinguish Igmena initiative!



The voting phase is open to all WSIS Stakeholders and will be conducted entirely online. Only votes submitted through the WSIS Prizes 2016 website will be counted. The voting period will last until 10 March 2016. We all need to vote for the IG-MENA project in Category 4.



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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 18, 2016 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Exploring Gender Internet Policy Gaps in the Mena Region

Topic: Exploring Gender Internet Policy Gaps in the Mena Region

Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Time: 15:00 CET – 16:00 CET

Platform: Google Hangouts 



Speakers:

  • Ms. Noha Fathi, Independent Internet governance consultant, Egypt 
  • Ms. Nour El Nemr, Political Science Student at the British University ,…
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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 15, 2016 at 3:55pm — No Comments

A Tunisian Model for a Multistakholder Internet Governance

 

On the fifth anniversary of its revolution, Tunisia had much to celebrate, many lessons still to learn, and a lot to teach other countries. However, the upheavals in the region make Tunisia’s own fitful democratic transition uneasy to adapt a hopeful vision for the future of democracy in the country. Yet as grim as things may sometimes look, there is no choice but to stay optimistic for the course towards internet freedom, a strong internet governance (IG) ecosystem…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on February 13, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Mapping VOIPs Service Providers Blockage in the MENA Region

Moroccan Internet users have discovered since Tuesday, January 5th, in the late afternoon, a total blocking of voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) calls, particularly on the Viber, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp applications



cut Morocco’s Voice over IP (VoIP). There has been no official communication on the issue from the Moroccan…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on January 9, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Attracting civil society tech talent through public private partnership

In the Middle East and North African Region, technology has become a tool that mediates a vast set of relationships that touches fundamental aspects of the dailyuser’s life on the internet. This includes issues that concern cyber security, human rights, and anti-surveillance measures.

 

The numbers of individuals that can understand, build, and work with these evolving technological tools and platforms remains relatively small in the Arab world. Further, these people are…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on December 19, 2014 at 11:25am — No Comments

Is the internet a threat for political stability in the Arab world ?

Since people in the Arab world manifested their massive desire for political change and more access to social and economic freedom and rights. The Arab revolution has arguably demonstrated the internet's ability to drive democratic change. As tech-savvy youngsters in Tunisia and Egypt pushed aside their ageing despots, the surprising criticism are hurrying to not only include online activism in the mainstream of the political and social transformation in the Arab world but a calls for push…

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Added by Hamza Ben Mehrez on November 15, 2014 at 7:17pm — No Comments

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