Security and privacy
Black Lives Matter is a key movement in the response against police abuse and misconduct. Since 15 April 2016, its website has been protected by Deflect, a programme made available by APC member organisation eQualit.ie, following a spate of distributed denial of service and hacking attacks.
This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines the overlapping nature of state, commercial and peer surveillance; and maps the challenges and opportunities women and queers encounter on the nexus between data, surveillance, gender and sexuality.
It was revealed this week that at least seven journalists in Quebec, working for Radio-Canada, La Presse and La Journal de Montréal, have been spied on by the Montreal police (SPVM) and Quebec provincial police (SQ). Further revelations have shown journalists to have been under surveillance since 2008, some for as long as five years at a time.
APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s UNGA resolution, the third on this topic, adds substantive language on the role of the private sector.
At last week’s sixth annual Freedom Online Conference, the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) launched policy recommendations for human rights-based approaches to cybersecurity, a product of one of three FOC working groups. The launch of the recommendations represents a culmination of a two-year, multistakeholder dialogue among working group members who represent governments, the private sector, ...
APC welcomes the adoption of the safety of journalists resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists in their work, and commends the HRC for becoming the first UN body to call on states to not interfere with the use of encryption and anonymity tools.
The key question of this volume is to what extent South Africa has used its power and influence for human rights promotion and protection abroad. APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen, Emilar Vushe and Deborah Brown co-authored the chapter on privacy, security and internet governance.
The official Black Lives Matter website (http://blacklivesmatter.com) has experienced a massive denial of service attack starting this past weekend and continuing at this time. The site remains functional due largely to the protections provided by Deflect, a programme made available by eQualit.ie.