Digital Rights Weekly Update September 11 - 17, 2020


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Digital Rights Weekly Update 

September 11 - 17, 2020

-Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian and more ‘freeze’ Instagram to Stop Hate For Profit - Page Six  

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian, Sacha Baron Cohen, and dozens of other celebrities joined the Stop Hate For Profit initiative and froze their Instagram and Facebook accounts for 24 hours in order to hold Mark Zuckerberg’s tech company accountable.

-A message to search engines and social media platforms - Put Palestine on the map - Middle East Monitor 

Over a million people have signed a petition since July calling on Google to recognise Palestine on its maps, and to clearly designate and identify the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel.

-The announcement of the emergence of the Number Portability application on the 20th of this month (Arabic) - Alhayat 

The Palestinian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in cooperation with Jawwal and Ooredoo, announced the start of the commercial digital transmission service in Palestine as of 9/20/2020. This service is considered to be a great achievement because it constitutes an important turning point in the telecommunications and information technology sector. It will also lead to a fair competition among companies and preserving the citizens phone numbers when moving from one mobile operator to another, and allowing them the freedom to choose the operator that provides services with better quality and reasonable prices.

-Cell Phone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed - Haaretz 

Leaked documents confirm that Candiru does not just operate spyware for computers but also has operational mobile spytech. 

-Israeli Defense Contractor Rafael Announces New Facial Recognition Firm - Haaretz

Israeli state-owned defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the shareholders of Anyvision, a high-tech startup focused on facial recognition, are setting up a jointly-owned security company. The company will focus on developing machine vision and artificial intelligence for defense purposes. 



This bi-weekly update is prepared by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media. For further information please visit our website at ​



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