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Ramy Raoof

Ramy Raoof is a digital rights and security researcher. He engage with human rights organizations and initiatives, activists, journalists, youth groups and different civil society entities on how to integrate information and communication technologies in their strategic plans, advocacy and campaigns, and in maintaining their privacy and security, both online and offline. Among different topics, Ramy focus in his research on tracing surveillance technologies and behavior by the state and ways of compacting it. In June 2012, Ramy was ranked number 10 by the Newsweek Magazine in the Revolutionaries list of the Digital Power Index. He was also ranked number 14 by Forbes Middle East in a list of Top 100 Arab Presence on Twitter. Blog | Twitter

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Latest posts by Ramy Raoof

9 June 2014

Get the Facts: Egypt Ramps Up Digital Surveillance

Egypt's Ministry of Interior wants to monitor all online content -- public and private. Learn what the government is doing now, and what it's hoping to do in the future.

9 June 2011

Egypt: Timeline of Communication Shutdown during the Revolution

This diagram represents sequence of communication shutdown implemented by security agencies in Egypt and telecommunications companies between January 25th and February 6th, to control the flow of information between people.

26 May 2011

Mobile Tactics for Participants in Peaceful Assemblies

If you are participating in a peaceful assembly as a journalists, rights defender, or activists, your mobile phone is an invaluable asset. It allows you to communicate with allies, to document the event, and bear witness to what is happening around you. At the same time, you should take certain precautions in your mobile use and communications. The following Guide published via Mobile Active can help you to utilize your mobile phone during peaceful assemblies effectively and, at the same time, better protect yourself.

7 May 2011

Egypt: how companies help the government spy on activists

Few weeks ago when authorities didn’t respond immediately to people’s demand, many Egyptians stormed the State Security Investigations (SSI) headquarters to protect the evidences against SSI offices (including torture equipments and documents). Among those documents where communications between SSI units related to censorship, monitoring online content, controlling computes/ laptops, as well as shutting down communications services.

11 April 2011

Egypt: Blogger Sentenced to 3 Years for Insulting the Military

Along the many years where the former president Hosni Mubarak ruled the country we didn’t witness large scale of cases where a blogger gets jailed for a blog-post. The first case in Egypt was in 2007 when Kareem Amer was sentenced for 4 years in jail based on blog-posts, he was charged for insulting Islam and Mubarak.

9 February 2011

Egypt: Sequence of Communication Shutdown during 2011 Uprising

25 January 2011 was the day when people of Egypt went to the streets in several proveniences to demonstrate against President Mubarak and the current regime. Online platforms and social...

25 November 2010

Egypt: Facebook Disables Popular Anti-Torture Page

Update 1: The deactivated page is back. According to an email received by the page admin, “After reviewing your situation, we have reinstated the page, and you should now be...

13 November 2010

Egypt: Netizen Facing Military Trial for Creating Facebook Page

Update 1: On November 30th, 2010, the military court sentenced Ahmed to 6 months imprisonment for broadcasting secrets of defense on Facebook. For the second time in Egypt an internet...

13 October 2010

Egypt: New Regulations to Monitor bulk SMS Content

The Egyptian National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) decided to set a new regulation in Egypt on 11 October forcing all companies sending bulk SMS Conten short text messages (SMS) to mobile phones to obtain a license from national bodies as well as getting an approval on the content of the message before sending it from special personages, whom will be appointed to monitor SMS services.

29 August 2010

Egypt: Security Department to Monitor Facebook and Support the Government

On 1st July, 2010, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior (MOI) has reportedly established a special department to monitor Facebook activities and content in Egypt according to the administrative decision 765....