Security and privacy

MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent
MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent 27 April 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is concerned about the insertion of draconian and anti-democratic sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 that has been made public by the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. 

Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships
Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships 21 April 2020 Various

The open letter, signed by APC and other civil society organisations, emphasises the fundamental importance of ensuring transparency and adequately assessing the human rights impact of any public-private partnerships that the UN may enter into, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security
Why Gender Matters in International Cyber Security 21 April 2020 Deborah Brown and Allison Pytlak

This report, commissioned by Global Affairs Canada and co-published by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, explores how multilateral cybersecurity processes can incorporate a gender perspective into future work.

The resilience of Kenya’s internet freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic
The resilience of Kenya’s internet freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic 15 April 2020 Liz Orembo for KICTANet

There is a need to balance the use of technology with human rights in response to the pandemic. Otherwise, we might risk losing the rights and freedoms we had steadily gained over many years.

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.

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