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Marwa Fatafta

MENA Policy and Advocacy Director

Marwa leads Access Now’s policy and advocacy work on digital rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Her work spans a number of issues at the nexus of human rights and technology including content governance and platform accountability, online censorship, digital surveillance, and transnational repression. She has written extensively on the digital occupation in Palestine and focuses on the role of new technologies in armed conflicts and humanitarian contexts and their impact on historically marginalized and oppressed communities. Marwa is a Policy Analyst at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, an advisory board member of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and an advisory committee member for Bread&Net. Marwa was a Fulbright scholar in the US and holds an MA in International Relations from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She holds a second MA in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
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International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 

22 May 2024

We join organizations defending freedom of expression in supporting South Africa’s request to the ICJ to ensure unimpeded access to Gaza for fact-finding missions and journalists to assess and preserve evidence.

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International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
22 May 2024
International Court of Justice: Protect evidence in the Gaza war 
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Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza

16 May 2024

Amid revelations of AI use by the Israeli army in Gaza, Access Now urges Google for transparency through an open letter to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc.

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Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza
16 May 2024
Hey Google: we need to learn more about your role in the war on Gaza
KeepItOn 2023 MENA

MENA in 2023: internet shutdowns soar amid unprecedented violence and war

15 May 2024

By almost every measure, 2023 was the worst year of internet shutdowns on record. Authorities implemented at least 77 internet shutdowns in 15 countries across the MENA region.

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MENA in 2023: internet shutdowns soar amid unprecedented violence and war
15 May 2024
MENA in 2023: internet shutdowns soar amid unprecedented violence and war
KeepItOn 2023 MENA

حجب الإنترنت في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في عام 2023: ارتفاع عدد الحالات مع تصاعد العنف والحروب غير المسبوقة

15 May 2024

بحسب جميع المعايير، كانت سنة 2023 الأسوأ على الإطلاق بالنسبة لقطع الإنترنت. حيث قامت السلطات بحجب الإنترنت بشكل متعمد على الأقل 283 مرة في 39 دولة.

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حجب الإنترنت في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في عام 2023: ارتفاع عدد الحالات مع تصاعد العنف والحروب غير المسبوقة
15 May 2024
حجب الإنترنت في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا في عام 2023: ارتفاع عدد الحالات مع تصاعد العنف والحروب غير المسبوقة
How to stay safe online in the context of conflict in Gaza

Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 

9 May 2024

Israel’s war on Gaza has revealed how mundane, unsophisticated AI surveillance systems are being used to unleash the most dystopian, tech-driven horrors on Palestinians.

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Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
9 May 2024
Artificial Genocidal Intelligence: how Israel is automating human rights abuses and war crimes 
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Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia

6 May 2024

Access Now is calling on Amazon to halt the launch of AWS infrastructure region in Saudi Arabia and adequately address the severe human rights impacts that would arise from such a move.

Press Release
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
6 May 2024
Bad for human rights and for business: Amazon must not build cloud infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
EU-Israel data transfer

EU-Israel data transfer adequacy greenlit again: NGOs call for scrutiny over red flags

22 Apr 2024

Access Now and other organisations are calling on the European Commission to scrutinise its decision to re-confirm the data transfer adequacy with Israel.

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EU-Israel data transfer adequacy greenlit again: NGOs call for scrutiny over red flags
22 Apr 2024
EU-Israel data transfer adequacy greenlit again: NGOs call for scrutiny over red flags
Cover Image: It's not a glitch: how Meta systematically censors Palestinian voices

Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea

27 Mar 2024

Meta is (re)considering how to moderate content involving the term “Zionist.” Here’s why this hate speech policy is (still) a bad idea.

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Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
27 Mar 2024
Meta is revisiting its hate speech policy on Zionism — here’s why it’s (still) a bad idea
Ghana’s anti-LGBTQ+ bill

A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”

26 Mar 2024

Access Now welcome the Oversight Board’s opinion urging Meta to end its blanket ban on the term “shaheed” when referring to individuals designated as dangerous.

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A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
26 Mar 2024
A step in the right direction: Meta Oversight Board’s opinion on the term “shaheed”
Tunisian Biometric ID and Passport

Eight years in the making: Tunisia’s controversial Biometric ID and Passport Bills risk rights

7 Mar 2024

On March 6, the Tunisian Parliament officially adopted two controversial bills related to the Biometric ID and Passport.

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Eight years in the making: Tunisia’s controversial Biometric ID and Passport Bills risk rights
7 Mar 2024
Eight years in the making: Tunisia’s controversial Biometric ID and Passport Bills risk rights