Lara Bitar is the editorial director and lead researcher at SMEX. She is working to position the organization as an authoritative source and producer of knowledge on the digital sphere in the MENA region. Lara is also co-developing the nascent hub for digital freedoms and open culture, Masaha, to further its role as an incubator for organizing in Lebanon. Committed to media justice and specializing in grassroots movements, structural violence, as well as mass surveillance and privacy, her experience as editor, producer, and translator in print, digital, and broadcast journalism spans a decade. Formerly, she was senior producer at the Bay Area-based Link TV and managing editor of Al-Akhbar English in Beirut. Find her on Twitter @larsbit.