Main point of contact
Jessica Dheere <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Arab Digital Rights Datasets is implemented by Social Media Exchange (SMEX)
SMEX is a media advocacy and development organization with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial, development, and postconflict media environments. We address urgent needs in the Arab information society through:
We work closely with donors and partners to design and implement programs that respond to the region, placing a high value on monitoring and evaluation.
The open Arab Digital Rights Datasets aim to illuminate trends in how Arab governments are limiting digital rights, such as free expression and privacy online.
The legislation dataset comprises laws and other legal instruments that have been applied or could potentially be applied to restrict digital rights. It is the first in three datasets envisioned. The others are:
This dataset is the product of the work of more than a dozen contributors, including lawyers, journalists, activists, and technologists from the countries in question. to define which laws to include, we set the following criteria:
Read this draft chapter on the emerging legal framework for free expression online in Arab countries commissioned by a regional media freedom organization: adrd_legal_framework_v1
And check this presentation, which is the culmination of SMEX first attempt to wrangle the legislation data into some kind of meaningful form. The workshop was hosted by Small Media and included designers, coders, researchers, and civil society organizations. adrd_prototype_v1-2