Social Media Exchange

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About Social Media Exchange (SMEX) advocates for a free and open, diverse and dynamic Arab internet through training, organizing, and localizing media empowerment.
Mission SMEX helps civil society and young activists leverage social media for positive social change in the Arab world.
Overview Social Media Exchange envisions an Arab world whose citizens can rely on the Internet as an engine of pluralism and prosperity. We aim to realize this vision by advocating for a free and open, diverse and dynamic Arab Internet.

Our approach encompasses:

Social media training. SMEX offers online and on-site workshops and courses for citizens who want to learn to use digital and social media strategically to reach their goals, while maintaining their online privacy and security. In addition, we curate and produce Arabic-language new media guides and resources.

Developing a media empowerment community of practice. We aim to help localize Arab media empowerment by encouraging exchange of learning resources, opportunities, best practices, and lessons learned among media trainers and coaches to establish training norms as well as to extend opportunities beyond the big cities.

Supporting Arab Internet watchdogs and campaigns. We’re joining with others across the region to convene and mobilize a regional constituency to advocate for constructive, user-centered Internet laws and policies—and to defend against legislation that threatens human rights and freedoms.
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