Masaar are a group of lawyers and technologists interested in enhancing and promoting digital rights and associated freedoms in Egypt. They focus on merging law and technology and deepening their understanding of their impact on human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Masaar’s activities focus on digital freedoms in the context of the Egyptian law, but that will not isolate Masaar from the human rights situation in other countries in the region and the world. This regional focus stems from the fact that surveillance and censorship policies, restrictions on digital media and the denial of freedom of information are concerns common to all countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Also, countries in the region share certain economic and political trends that contributed to the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 and still inform people’s protests today.