Security and privacy

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda
WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda 20 August 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge, WOUGNET

During RightsCon 2020, the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) hosted a session on non-consensual sharing of intimate images (NCII), a form of online violence that is on the rise in Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries, commonly referred to as “revenge porn”.

Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic
Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic 20 August 2020 Dr Nijmeh Ali

This position paper published by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the increase in Israeli digital rights violations with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence
Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence 20 August 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with the women journalists who have called out online violence they face on social media platforms. A statement released by a group of women journalists on 12 August highlights a culture of hateful speech, incitement, harassment and doxxing.

Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020
Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020 18 August 2020 Open Culture Foundation

APC member organisation the Open Culture Foundation (OCF), based in Taiwan, reflects upon their experience at RightsCon 2020, which this year took place online.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Communications privacy – big tech vs open source
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Communications privacy – big tech vs open source 14 August 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, EngageMedia chats with Simon Harmon and Sam de Silva from the Loki Foundation, makers of the private messaging app Session, on the benefits of and challenges to using secure tools for communications.

My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19
My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19 12 August 2020 Christina Elia for GenderIT.org

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

EngageMedia: A critical view of AI ethics: Looking at the substance of ethical guidelines
EngageMedia: A critical view of AI ethics: Looking at the substance of ethical guidelines 11 August 2020 Jun-E Tan for EngageMedia

As technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) gain traction, the need to govern them also becomes increasingly urgent. In recent years, ethical AI has surfaced as the de facto pathway towards safer and better AI, often manifested in lists of guidelines and principles or codes of conduct.

FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative
FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative 11 August 2020 CIPESA

On 28-30 September 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and Paradigm Initiative, with a hybrid approach that blends online and physical interactions.

COVID-19 is leaving women and LGBTQIA+ people in the USA vulnerable to online surveillance
COVID-19 is leaving women and LGBTQIA+ people in the USA vulnerable to online surveillance 06 August 2020 Nia Tucker for GenderIT.org

Essential workers and service workers in the United States, especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community, are increasingly more vulnerable at the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are at risk of losing employment benefits, and are subject to discrimination and surveillance at work.

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