surveillance

Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy
Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy 13 December 2019 Daniel Mwesigwa

The tools and tactics of these operators, who are mostly non-African, are increasingly undermining democracy and respect for human rights in Africa, as they enable mass surveillance and disinformation that manipulates and undermines political discourse. 

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance 26 June 2019 APC and 7amleh

Oral Statement Delivered during clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st Session.

The surveillance industry and human rights: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
The surveillance industry and human rights: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 May 2019 APC

This submission focuses on emblematic cases and uses of surveillance technologies against individuals or civil society organisations, and the gendered impact of the deployment of surveillance technologies.

Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International
Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International 10 April 2019 Bianca Baldo

Privacy allows women and members of marginalised communities to create safe spaces of expression and makes available tools that challenge norms that restrict equality, access and control. In this interview, Blum-Dumontet shares insights from a recent report on gender and privacy.

Privacy, personhood and identity in surveillance societies
Privacy, personhood and identity in surveillance societies 01 March 2019 Upasana Bhattacharjee

The increasing use of the internet, social media, surveillance and algorithmic processing has shifted the meanings of privacy. Here we explore the conceptual understandings of privacy and its links to autonomy, human dignity and self-determination.

Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights
Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights 11 December 2018 Various

We are writing to ask you to ensure that Google drops Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China, and to re-affirm the company’s 2010 commitment that it won’t provide censored search services in the country.

Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation
Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation 03 October 2018 Smarika Kumar for GenderIT.org

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

The Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation Law in Egypt represent an attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online, in what seems to be an effort to close the space for public debate and prevent the exercise of the fundamental right to freedom of expression.  

Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance
Statement opposing Egypt’s legalisation of website blocking and communications surveillance 06 September 2018 Various

The Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law are only the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempts to impose full control over the flow of information online. These actions must be opposed in order to defend Egyptians’ human rights.

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people- centred information society.

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