Hamzoz is a Baghdad based social media expert and the CEO of INSM, a network for bloggers and citizen journalists. His work focuses on empowerment, digital rights, content verification, and digital security with extensive experience in networks and media in the Middle East.
What can be done?
Not only should the internet be more open, secure, and accessible to everyone, it should be decentralized and free of government control to avoid shutdowns. Social media companies should also take seriously the alarming level of hate speech and fake news that takes place on their platforms, and how much it has increased on a global scale. At the same time, these companies should be audited to avoid further violation of our privacy and security.
Researchers found three leading causes for Iraq's weak and expensive internet: destruction of parts of its infrastructure by armed groups, conflict among key stakeholders, and government corruption.