In recent years, Egypt has become a thriving place for digital technology — as well as the Middle East’s No. 1 internet censor.
“Communications and technology are the fastest-growing sectors of the Egyptian economy, with recent growth averaging about 16%,” David Butter, analyst at the London-based think tank Chatham House, told DW.
However, he said, there is an obvious contradiction between Egypt’s “rapid development of the digital economy, such as the taxation system, fintech and health care, and the general policy of the state seeking to control all forms of discourse, with heavy-handed, often brutal, behavior from the security authorities and the judiciary.”
The latest example of this contradiction is the sentencing of the social media influencers Mawada Eladhm, 23, and Haneen Hossam, 20, to six and 10 years, respectively, in prison on charges of “human trafficking,” in addition to fines of 300,000 Egyptian pounds…