surveillance

Inside the Digital Society: Revisiting 1984
Inside the Digital Society: Revisiting 1984 15 January 2020 David Souter

As the Digital Society develops, more and more people worry that it won’t be the Utopia that internet pioneers once dreamed of; that it might even turn out to more like the dystopias that have featured in film and fiction over the years. Rather than an era of empowerment, could the Digital Society be a surveillance society? The most familiar dystopia The best-known fictional dystopia is probably George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. That raised three prospects that are increasingly ...

Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition
Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition 19 December 2019 Various

We, organisations, collectives, companies, associations and trade unions, ask the French Parliament and government to ban any use of facial recognition techniques for security and surveillance purposes, now and in the future. We note that such technologies are already being widely deployed in France. In addition to the “PARAFE” automated border gates already installed in various stations and airports in France, since 2012 and the creation of the prior criminal records database (the Traite...

Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy
Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy 13 December 2019 Daniel Mwesigwa

A range of spyware vendors including Italian Hacking Team, the Anglo-German Gamma Group, and Israeli’s NSO Group, have found a ready market in authoritarian and repressive governments in Africa and elsewhere. Similarly, systematic propaganda campaigns designed by meddlesome actors – including government agents and ambitious data analytics companies such as Cambridge Analytica working on beh...

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance 26 June 2019 APC and 7amleh

Oral statement delivered during the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st session 25 June 2019 Speaker: Alison Carmel Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Adv...

The surveillance industry and human rights: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
The surveillance industry and human rights: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 May 2019 APC

In 2018 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) affirmed that the “surveillance of digital communications must be consistent with international human rights obligations” and in accordance with a “publicly accessible, clear, precise, comprehensive and nondiscriminatory” legal framework, without any arbitrary or unlawful interference with the right to privacy. UNGA called on states and...

Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International
Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International 10 April 2019 Bianca Baldo

In the recent report from Privacy International, From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy, author Eva Blum-Dumontet frames privacy legislation as a “protector of human dignity and an enabler of autonomy”. Privacy allows women and members of marginalised communities to create safe spaces of expression and makes available tools that challenge norms that restrict equality...

Privacy, personhood and identity in surveillance societies
Privacy, personhood and identity in surveillance societies 01 March 2019 Upasana Bhattacharjee

The sociotechnical infrastructure that determines the way human activity is conducted largely functions within broader structures of surveillance capitalism and biopower. The former recognises the effective monetisation of data and information about people for (economic) activity. When probed, these inherent structures reveal an irreconcilability between modern surveillance states and fundament...

Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights
Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights 11 December 2018 Various

To: Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Google Inc cc: Ben Gomes, Vice President of Search; Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs; Scott Beaumont, Vice President, Greater China and Korea 11 December 2018 Dear Mr. Pichai, We are writing to ask you to ensure that Google drops Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China, and to re-affirm the compan...

Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation
Gendered reality traps: How "objective" machine learning contributes to intersectional exploitation 03 October 2018 Smarika Kumar for GenderIT.org

In 2012, the multinational supermarket chain Target sent targeted advertisements for maternity products to women, none of whom had disclosed to the supermarket that they were pregnant. This targeting was based on the volunteered and behavourial data of its customers with regard to 25 products, which enabled Target to assign its customers an automated “pregnancy prediction” algorithmic score...

HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt
HRC 39: Oral Statement on Cybercrime Law and Media Regulation Law in Egypt 18 September 2018 Access Now, APC

Delivered by: Wafa Ben-Hassine on 18 September 2018 Thank you Mr. President. I represent Access Now and the Association for Progressive Communications, as well as over 40 other global human rights organisations that are ringing the alarm bell on the latest oppressive measures imposed on Egyptians online. I wish to bring to the Council’s attention the Cybercrime Law and the Media Regulation La...

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