Security and privacy

Coconet: Artificial intelligence and human rights in Southeast Asia – an overview
Coconet: Artificial intelligence and human rights in Southeast Asia – an overview 07 April 2020 Vino Lucero for Coconet

The context of how artificial intelligence affects our rights as digital natives is worth unpacking, especially during political and public health crises, where online communication is a lifeline for many, and citizens are possibly being subjected to government surveillance and manipulation.

NGO and expert statement to the OECD Secretary General on COVID-19, privacy and fundamental rights
NGO and expert statement to the OECD Secretary General on COVID-19, privacy and fundamental rights 06 April 2020 Various

Many nations are considering proposals to use digital technologies to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint statement calls on the OECD to ensure the protection of privacy and other fundamental human rights in the use of these technologies.

Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand
Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand 06 April 2020 Darika Bamrungchok for Coconet

Technology has become a crucial part of the COVID-19 response, and this has raised some serious questions: Can privacy and public health security go hand in hand? Is it enough to use safeguards such as transparency and the use of intrusive technology only when absolutely necessary?

Phase 2 updates to ALT Advisory’s Data Protection Africa portal are now available
Phase 2 updates to ALT Advisory’s Data Protection Africa portal are now available 02 April 2020 Tshepiso Hadebe, ALT Advisory

Data Protection Africa is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 32 African countries. The portal is now available in 18 languages, country pages have been updated, and various new features have been introduced.

Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19
Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19 02 April 2020 Various

Many countries today are turning to digital technologies to provide information as well as for monitoring and controlling people infected with the virus, which alerts us to the potential impact of these technologies on people’s fundamental rights.

Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights
Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights 02 April 2020 Various

Over 100 organisations from around the world signed a joint statement stressing that digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights, and setting out conditions that must be met before the use of surveillance technology to fight the pandemic.

CIPESA on Covid-19 in Africa: When is surveillance necessary and proportionate?
CIPESA on Covid-19 in Africa: When is surveillance necessary and proportionate? 30 March 2020 CIPESA

The extent to which African countries are conducting technology-based disease surveillance is not fully known. While well intentioned, Covid-19 surveillance and data-based tracking interventions have been effected in haste, and with limited precedent and oversight mechanisms. 

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

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity.

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

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 some of the digital strategies put on display by officials to raise awareness around Covid-19.

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

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.

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