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Bahrain Internet Shutdown Hits One Year Mark, Longest in Region’s History

As of 7pm tonight, Bahrain has shut down the internet in the village of Duraz every day for 365 days. This makes it one of the longest sustained internet shutdowns in the world.

Since 23 June 2016, residents of Duraz have been reporting regular disruptions to internet services within the village....

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Qatar say their official news agency website was hacked: Twitter Bots suggest they may have a point

As part of examining bots, let's have a look how anti Qatar hashtags may have been inflated by fake accounts and/or propaganda.By looking at Twitter hashtags related to the Qatar spat, we can determine whether there is any validity to claims of an ongoing smear campaign, and perhaps infer whether Qa...

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Experimenting in Mapping Online Anti-Shia Sectarianism on Twitter in the Middle East

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see if sectarianism itself was more dominant in one place than an other, at least online? Are some countries/cities more sectarian than others? Is sectarianism a localised phenomenon, despite what we might see in the news? If we knew this, we could then highlight where to prioritize tackling it.
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Saudi Twitter Robot Army Welcomes Trump

Ahead of Trump's visit to Saudi, bots on Twitter started artificially trending a hashtag welcoming him. Marc Owen Jones continues to track fake bots and hate speech in the Gulf.
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The IP Spy Files

The Bahraini Government used various technicques to de-anonymize online accounts and silence their targets with arrests.
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Finfisher Spyware

Several lawyers and activists' computers were hacked by the Bahraini government with help from a UK company providing the FinFisher spyware.
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From Hair Removal Products to Sectarianism: Propaganda Wars on the Al Awamiyya Hashtag

Some people have reported that Twitter hashtags relating to a siege on a Saudi town have been heavily contaminated by bots or PR accounts. The siege has been heavily politicised in the news, with different news sources reporting different things depending on their religious bias or sympathy towards Iran or Saudi. The Saudi Gazette, for example, has taken a pro government, tabloid-esque tone:
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Netsweeper Censorship Tools

The Government of Bahrain is increasing its ability to censor content online with the help of Canadian technology.
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iOmniescent Facial Recognition Software

With one facial recognition camera for every 650 residents in the country, each with the ability to scan 75 faces simultaneously, Bahrain Watch asks is this technology being used responsibly?
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Twitter Bots and Mass Propaganda

In this article Marc writes about his discovery of thousands of fake twitter accounts in the Persian Gulf and his investigation into the distorting effect they have on public debate, how he identified them and the potentially humongous scale of this operation in the region.
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Internet Shutdown in Bahrain

This post outlines evidence strongly suggesting Bahraini ISPs Batelco and Zain have been deliberately and covertly disabling fixed-line and mobile Internet services every night in Duraz, an area in which there are ongoing protests.
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Cellebrite Forensics Technology

Cellebrite’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) is designed to retrieve chat logs, texts, and other data from phones, in some cases bypassing PIN codes or passwords.
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Pegasus: NSO Group’s iPhone Remote Jailbreak

An extraordinary report co-authored by Bahrain Watch member Bill Marczak and his colleague at Citizen Lab, John Scott-Railton, has revealed a rare zero-day security vulnerability in the iPhone that can be exploited to remotely jailbreak an iPhone and install complex spyware, turning the phone into digital spy in your pocket.
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Tips on Mobile Encryption

How to encrypt your mobile device and why it's important
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Tips on staying anonymous and secure on Twitter

  • If you choose an alias, you should share it with anyone, and do not share private information about the activity of this account in general, so that you are not easily identified or associated with the account.
  • Disable the “location’ option and don’t give Twitter the authority to access you...
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Protecting Your Anonymous Account

  1. Don't reveal information that can be used to link your account to a person, or a different account.
  2. Do ensure that the other accounts linked to your anonymous account (Twitter, Facebook, e-mail) use the same anonymous identity.
  3. Don't open unsolicited or suspicious links or attachments.
  4. Do docu...
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Tips on using Instant Messaging Apps

Tips on staying secure when using instant messaging applications.
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Wordpress: Unauthenticated Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Popular blogging platform Wordpress has disclosed a security vulnerability in site versions 4.7 and 4.7.1 released in the end of 2016. The exploit has been used to reportedly hack over 1.5 million Wordpress sites.

Gulf human rights activists, journalists and bloggers often use Wordpress as a platf...

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Urgent Security Alert for Bahraini Activists

We have identified a very recent targeted digital attack on members of Al-Wefaq political society living outside of Bahrain. So far four cases have been identified.
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iOS Bug Paves The Way for Hackers

An extraordinary report co-authored by Bahrain Watch member Bill Marczak and his colleague at Citizen Lab, John Scott-Railton, has revealed a rare zero-day security vulnerability in the iPhone that can be exploited to remotely jailbreak an iPhone and install complex spyware, turning the phone into digital spy in your pocket.
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250 Days of Internet Shutdown

Telecom companies in Bahrain have been deliberately disrupting internet services in the village of Duraz between 7:00pm-1:00am everyday for 250 days. The current sustained levels of internet disruption in the village continous for over 8 months is unprecedented anywhere in the world.
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US Universities and Free Expression in the Gulf

A panel event co-hosted by Human Rights Watch, NYU Law's Middle Eastern Law Students Association and International Law Society at 6.30pm on April 13, 2017.

How can universities with ties to the Arab Gulf States exert a positive influence when the space for free expression and critical thought is s...

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#RightsCon: Technology, oil and dissent: responding to technology-based silencing of dissidents in the Arab Gulf

RightsCon
1:15pm-2:30pm
30 March 2017
The Innovation Room, 1st Floor

In this panel we plan to discuss ways that activists in the Arab Gulf countries can cooperate to counter the chilling effect of technology-based measures by their respective governments to crack down on their work.

Gulf...

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#RightsCon: At what cost? Telecoms and internet companies discuss internet shutdowns.

Bahrain Watch will be taking part in the #KeepItOn summit at #RightsCon in Brussels.

Thursday, March 30
Time: 9:00-10:15a | Location: Klimt

Technology and telecommunications companies sit at the very center of the internet shutdown crisis as governments order them to shut off the internet on...

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Session Summaries | Internet Shutdowns and Silencing Arab Dissidents in the Gulf | #RightsCon

29-31 March 2017, Brussels - Bahrain Watch hosted one session and participated in two others at RightsCon Brussels last week discussing a wide range of topics including internet shutdowns, government surveillance on citizens in the Gulf and the struggle to defend the safety and security of online a...

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New and old Media in a New Sectarian Middle East

In order to reach a better understanding of the ambiguous roles media are playing in an increasingly ‘sectarianized’ Middle East, Marc Owen Jones and Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen will in their talks explore and compare how ‘new’ and ‘old’ media are linked to (anti)sectarianism and discuss how this influences Middle East politics today.
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#RightsCon 2017: How to Fight Criminalisation of Online Activism

Join Bahrain Watch member Ali Abdulemam at #RightsCon 2017 for"Human Rights’ Next Frontier: How to Fight Criminalisation of Online Activism Digital Freedom of Expression in Bahrain and EU Responsibilities". The session is organised by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and European Centre for Dem...

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Digital Security Training in Collaboration with European Youth Press | Antwerp, Belgium

17 March 2017, Belgium - Bahrain Watch conducted a basic 101 digital security training to a group of 15 journalists from Europe and Ukraine in Antwerp on March 17th.

The European Youth Press had organized a week of trainings, lectures and workshops on different aspects of journalism and reporting...

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#LushSummit: Tracking Surveillance Power and Internet Control in the Middle East

With the support of Lush, Bahrain Watch hosted a panel discussion at the 2017 Lush Summit to discuss surveillance and internet control in the Middle East.
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