Bread&Net is an open, safe, and diverse space for exchanging knowledge, resources, and strategies that support human rights in a world mediated by technology.
Each year, hundreds of activists, technologists, journalists, researchers, lawyers, and academics meet to strengthen the digital rights movement in West Asia and North Africa (WANA).
Through critical discussions and workshops, we address the most prominent threats to digital rights and technology's underlying opportunities in Arabic-speaking countries.
Each year, we bring to the discussion the most pressing digital rights issues, challenges, and opportunities in WANA to be addressed during the unconference.
Call for Proposals is now closed, Stay tuned for the Bread&Net 2023 program
We meet once more this year to continue building a movement committed to defending our human rights and freedoms as our lives become more digitized.
The past editions of Bread&Net nurtured and supported a digital rights community engaged in addressing regional threats ranging from state surveillance to content moderation and knowledge production in West Asia and North Africa.
Over the last decade, civil society has become dependent on digital tools and networks for advocacy efforts and as a means of mobilization. In our region, however, technology's offerings have been mitigated by increasingly restrictive laws, scaled-up mass surveillance, disinformation campaigns, and crackdowns on online freedom of expression. The resulting constriction of the online civic space has only fostered stronger advocacy during such a critical time.
Join us this November in Beirut where we will forge new partnerships and collaborations, exchange knowledge and resources, and renew our commitment to safeguarding our digital rights and freedoms.
Founded in 2008, SMEX works to defend digital rights, promote open culture and local content, and encourage critical engagement with digital technologies, media, and networks in Arabic-speaking countries. We conduct research, training, and advocacy on internet policy and digital rights to support the expansion of more accessible and participatory environments for individuals and civil society.