coronavirus

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 ...

SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis
SMEX: We demand Ministry of Telecommunications open the fixed and mobile internet capacity and reduce prices during the COVID-19 crisis 27 March 2020 SMEX

This open letter and petition was originally published on the website of Lebanon-based APC member organisation SMEX. In a decision to encourage citizens, including students, to stay home during the coronavirus crisis, the Lebanese government announced on Thursday, March 12, that Ogero, the national internet service provider (ISP), will double the speed and capacity for users until the end of April. Ogero chairman, Imad Kreidieh, said to LBC that this decision will benefit around 370,000 subs...

Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan
Digital Rights Monitor: Coronavirus crisis highlights digital divide in Pakistan 27 March 2020 Hija Kamran

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 Pakistan deals with the constantly increasing number of coronavirus cases with each passing day, this pandemic is also revealing societal imbalance that advocates of digital rights have been talking about for years. Where...

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 s...

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...

Inside the Digital Society: Going viral
Inside the Digital Society: Going viral 16 March 2020 David Souter

I took a break from blogging last week. Since I last wrote, two weeks ago, a serious health problem in some countries has become pandemic. It’s the main news item everywhere; critical to the health of millions today; an existential fear for more; utterly disruptive to social relationships, economies and livelihoods in more and more countries. Yesterday I heard a reporter say “the hashtag #s...

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