Jessica Dheere

Co-founder and Executive Director, SMEX

Jessica Dheere

Co-founder and Executive Director, SMEX

Biography

Jessica Dheere is co-founder and executive director of the Beirut, Lebanon–based SMEX (smex.org), the leading digital rights research and policy advocacy organization in the Middle East and North Africa region. Her programmatic work includes design and implementation of regional research initiatives, including a recent mapping of Arab-region mobile telecom operators and their public disclosures of terms of service and privacy policies and the Arab Digital Rights Dataset, an open, interoperable and soon-to-be global database of law and caselaw related to digital rights. Her recent articles include “Misguiding Multistakeholderism: A Nongovernmental Perspective on the Arab IGF,” for the 2017 edition of GISWatch on national and regional internet governance initiatives. Between 2015 and 2017, she was a member of the Digital Development and Openness working group of the Freedom Online Coalition and in 2014 she was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. She has a master’s degree in media studies from the New School in New York City and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.