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Pakistan has lifted a recently imposed ban on the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok after receiving assurances that ‘immoral’ content would be blocked.

Young women's access to the internet is not only curtailed, but in many places, including in parts of the Middle East, they face many dangers on social media.

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

Gaia Caramazza

How LGBT activists rallied against a 'homophobic' Tunisian influencer

With same-sex relations criminalised in Tunisia, the queer community is usually forced to live in the shadows - but now an influencer is endangering their safety.

Pakistan bans dating apps Tinder, Grindr over ‘immoral’ content

The New Arab Staff

Pakistan bans dating apps Tinder, Grindr over ‘immoral’ content

Pakistan has blocked access to the popular dating apps, prompting outrage.

Middle East matchmaking: The rise of online dating

Austin Bodetti

Middle East matchmaking: The rise of online dating

With online dating growing in popularity, entrepreneurs in the Middle East are taking advantage by creating a range of digital apps.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pakistan warns video-sharing app TikTok over 'immoral content'

Critics blame TikTok for spreading nudity and pornography among young people in the conservative Muslim-majority country.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amnesty sounds alarm over Bahrain, Kuwait coronavirus tracking apps

Highly invasive and unjustified surveillance tools are being used by Kuwaiti and Bahraini authorities to tackle Covid-19, Amnesty warned on ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Qatar unveils 3rd World Cup venue, flags virus precautions

The 40,000-capacity Education City stadium is the third venue to be completed after the redevelopment of Khalifa International in 2017 and last ...

Paul McLoughlin

Digital diplomacy could reshape politics in the Middle East

Could digital diplomacy be the answer to inequality and war in the Middle East?

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Malia Bouattia

Covid-19 app will propel UK towards a surveillance state

Comment: The new NHS contact-tracing app puts the UK on the slippery slope of declining digital privacy in a post-coronavirus ...

How coronavirus presented China with a dream surveillance opportunity

James Snell

How coronavirus presented China with a dream surveillance opportunity

Comment: For the Chinese people, and Uighurs in particular, coronavirus has become the pretext for increased state surveillance and harassment, ...

Arab states use AI to tackle coronavirus

The New Arab

Arab states use AI to tackle coronavirus

Arab states have alarmed human rights organisations with the use of artificial intelligence tools to combat coronavirus.

Reports of child abuse in Turkey rise during pandemic

The New Arab

Reports of child abuse in Turkey rise during pandemic

Turkey is witnessing a sharp rise in both child abuse and domestic violence, as families remain confined at home due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus exposes Arab world's information crisis and <em>digital</em> inequality

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Coronavirus exposes Arab world's information crisis and digital inequality

Comment: The coronavirus pandemic has shed further light on inequality, misinformation, and authoritarianism in the region, writes Tamara ...

The New Arab & agencies

Apple clashes with US government over Pensacola shooter’s phones

Apple is engaged in a conflict with the US government over its refusal to unlock the Pensacola gunman's phones, citing security concerns of its customers.

Samuel Woodhams

Sisi's brutal crackdown continues, aided by western accomplices

Comment: It's time for western governments to stop supplying Sisi's regime with technology, training and equipment, and officially condemn its ...

Samuel Woodhams

Digital authoritarianism is rising in the Middle East

Comment: The US must condemn digital rights abuses by its Middle East allies, writes Sam Woodhams.

Hannah Wallace

Cybercrime in the UAE: Curtailing freedom of expression

The internet for many is a forum to express views and opinions, but in the UAE the government has implemented a succession of restrictive laws ...

Follow Me, Akhi explores how Muslims use the internet

Sarah Shaffi

Follow Me, Akhi explores how Muslims use the internet

Book Club: Hussein Kesvani explores how Muslims use the internet in his new book, writing about the insightful and revolutionary acts that show ...

The New Arab

Israel's Netanyahu used fake accounts to promote election campaign

Israeli watchdog group, Big Bots Project, has uncovered a network of social media accounts used to smear opponents of Prime Minister Binyamin ...

The threat of queer Muslims

Idris Martin

The threat of queer Muslims

Comment: Our very existence endangers the dominance of racist ideologies and heteronormative narratives, writes Idris Martin.

How anti-Arab hate becomes invisible in the US

Azmi Haroun

How anti-Arab hate becomes invisible in the US

Comment: The lack of statistics on Arab Americans - classed as 'white' on the Census - is rendering anti-Arab hate crimes invisible, writes Azmi ...

Egypt continues LGBT crackdown

Ifeatu Nnaobi

Egypt continues LGBT crackdown

Comment: One year after a brutal crackdown on LGBT+ people, the human rights record of the Egyptian regime has only deteriorated, writes Ifeatu ...

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