Freedom of expression

Iranian women’s fight for right to life and freedom faces surveillance, internet shutdowns, violence and murders
Iranian women’s fight for right to life and freedom faces surveillance, internet shutdowns, violence and murders 03 October 2022 Hija Kamran for GenderIT.org

In Iran, women are protesting to demand bodily autonomy and their right to live, in the wake of the state-backed murder of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police. The government is responding by killing more women, attacking protestors and censoring the internet to contain the information.

New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia
New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia 26 September 2022 Frederico Links

Namibia has become the latest African country to introduce mandatory SIM card registration and data retention regulations that will have a far-reaching impact on online privacy and data protection in the country.

Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape
Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape 19 September 2022 Jimmy Kainja

Recent instances of the use of state surveillance apparatus for repressive purposes and prosecutions, compounded by a lack of data and online privacy protections and low internet penetration and usage, have heightened fears that the country is regressing in terms of safeguarding online rights.

For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good
For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good 09 September 2022 Anonymous

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community opens doors of violence on individuals on the internet.

Joint Stakeholder Report Universal Periodic Review 41st Session – India
Joint Stakeholder Report Universal Periodic Review 41st Session – India 30 August 2022 Access Now, APC, Internet Freedom Foundation

This joint stakeholder report focuses on key issues relating to human rights online in India, including internet shutdowns, digital exclusion, freedom of speech and expression online, online harassment and hate speech, privacy, surveillance and data protection.

Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill
Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill 23 August 2022 Thapelo Ndlovu

The draft bill would have enabled surveillance abuse and privacy violations. The pressure that was brought to bear by various human and media rights organisations, and the international spotlight that it attracted, paid off and the bill was withdrawn and amended.

Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds
Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds 23 August 2022 Ndimphiwe Shabangu

Since early 2021, the Kingdom of Eswatini has been gripped by waves of civil unrest, with reports of internet shutdowns implemented by the government in response to protests. It is in this climate of suspicion and unrest that cybercrime and data protection laws were gazetted in early 2022.

Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 1: Data and online privacy under attack
Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 1: Data and online privacy under attack 30 July 2022 Various

Southern Africa Digital Rights is an online publication produced under the project "The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms: Fostering a human rights-centred approach to privacy, data protection and access to the internet in Southern Africa".

The case of selective morality, sexist laws and online censorship in Pakistan
The case of selective morality, sexist laws and online censorship in Pakistan 27 July 2022 Hija Kamran for GenderIT.org

Internet censorship in the name of morality in Pakistan is rampant, and the trend continues to grow as new laws and regulations are introduced. But just a cursory look at this trend reveals that the censorship is not just vague, but also sexist, targeting women's expression and experiences online.

EngageMedia: Introducing the "Pandemic of Control" series
EngageMedia: Introducing the "Pandemic of Control" series 22 July 2022 Andrew Lowenthal

EngageMedia and CommonEdge invited writers, researchers and changemakers to respond to the growing digital authoritarianism – accelerated by COVID-19 – in the Asia-Pacific. The result is a 10-part series featuring insights from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia.

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