Security and privacy

Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic
Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic 28 March 2020 Body & Data

This piece was originally published on the website of Body & Data, an APC member organisation in Nepal. The corona pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity. Recently, the list of passengers who flew on the same flight from France to Nepal with a woman who tested positive, along with the details of the passengers of the same airways, has been public. The list includes personal information of the people ...

Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond
Digital Rights Monitor: How governments are using tech for coronavirus awareness, in Pakistan and beyond 25 March 2020 Waqas Naeem

This article was originally published on the website of Digital Rights Monitor, an initiative of Media Matters for Democracy, an APC member organisation in Pakistan. As governments around the world attempt to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases, authorities appear to be looking towards technology for support. Chatbots, online dashboards, and mobile caller tunes are just some of the digital strategies put on display by officials to raise awareness about testing, precautionary measures, and ...

7amleh: Netanyahu imposes dangerous “Big Brother” surveillance under the pretext of a security response to the coronavirus
7amleh: Netanyahu imposes dangerous “Big Brother” surveillance under the pretext of a security response to the coronavirus 23 March 2020 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

This press statement was originally published on the website of APC member organisation 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media. 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the Coronavirus. Last n...

Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights
Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights 19 March 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The undersigned organisations, which are dedicated to the promotion and defence of human rights, express their concern over the announcement of the use of satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals as part of the disease containment measures established in Ecuador. The announcement was made on 17 March 2020 by Interior Minister María Paula Romo, [1] who announced a se...

Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh
Defending freedom of expression and ensuring the safety and security of journalists in Bangladesh 10 March 2020 Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE)

In the face of a rising number of attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation, hosted a day-long media training workshop titled “Defending freedom of expression and ensuring safety and security of journalists”. The workshop, held on 22 February in Jamalpur, was organised with the support of the United Nations Develo...

"Search for... Feminism. The more you search, the less you find": Exhibition in Vienna presents the Feminist Principles of the Internet
"Search for... Feminism. The more you search, the less you find": Exhibition in Vienna presents the Feminist Principles of the Internet 10 March 2020 APCNews

"As algorithms, autocompletes, news feeds, apps, smart devices, voice recognition software, etc. are largely developed by corporations and governments (and their values and incentives) and standardly trained on databases collected from (white) male users, it regularly happens that search results, social media feeds, and online ads automatically amplify stereotypical biases and subliminally tran...

HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender
HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender 05 March 2020 APC

Statement delivered during the Interactive Dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council 5 March 2020 The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes a gender perspective being integrated into the work of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the adoption of intersectionality as a framework in ...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 43rd session 03 March 2020 APCNews

The 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) is taking place over four weeks (24 February to 20 March 2020) in Geneva. During this session, more than 90 reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to act on between 40 and 45 draft r...

Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case
Observing the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case 03 March 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender recognised worldwide, who is facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. In regards to this, the Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations signing below have decided to attend, as observers, the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 5 March 2020. This decision is based on a shared concern: the poss...

The EU's plans for its digital future
The EU's plans for its digital future 03 March 2020 APCNews

The European Commission recently presented a set of strategies to shape the bloc’s digital transformation. This policy package offers a roadmap for the EU’s plans on developing a single market for digital services and regulating platforms, and explains how the EU is approaching data governance and its ideas regarding specific artificial intelligence regulation. Over the next five years, the...

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