surveillance

New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia
New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia 26 September 2022 Frederico Links

Namibia has become the latest African country to introduce mandatory SIM card registration and data retention regulations that will have a far-reaching impact on online privacy and data protection in the country.

Policing the pandemic: Australia’s technology response to COVID-19
Policing the pandemic: Australia’s technology response to COVID-19 23 September 2022 Samantha Floreani

Australia adopted a range of technology-based responses to address the COVID-19 pandemic, but this approach resulted in “solutions” that ranged from the outright ineffective to the actively punitive.

Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape
Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape 19 September 2022 Jimmy Kainja

Recent instances of the use of state surveillance apparatus for repressive purposes and prosecutions, compounded by a lack of data and online privacy protections and low internet penetration and usage, have heightened fears that the country is regressing in terms of safeguarding online rights.

Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill
Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill 23 August 2022 Thapelo Ndlovu

The draft bill would have enabled surveillance abuse and privacy violations. The pressure that was brought to bear by various human and media rights organisations, and the international spotlight that it attracted, paid off and the bill was withdrawn and amended.

Vietnam’s Zalo Connect: Digital authoritarianism in peer-to-peer aid platforms
Vietnam’s Zalo Connect: Digital authoritarianism in peer-to-peer aid platforms 22 August 2022 Trang Le

The Zalo Connect app in Vietnam connects users in need with private donors. But in doing so, it exemplifies a humanitarian trend that centres on extracting data from vulnerable communities as a precondition to receiving aid, protection and justice.

In Sri Lanka, state-sponsored disinformation and suppression of dissent taint COVID-19 response
In Sri Lanka, state-sponsored disinformation and suppression of dissent taint COVID-19 response 10 August 2022 Harindrini Corea

The Sri Lankan government has capitalised on the COVID-19 pandemic to further its authoritarian agenda, using digital technologies to reinforce a climate of fear and censorship.

EngageMedia: Introducing the "Pandemic of Control" series
EngageMedia: Introducing the "Pandemic of Control" series 22 July 2022 Andrew Lowenthal

EngageMedia and CommonEdge invited writers, researchers and changemakers to respond to the growing digital authoritarianism – accelerated by COVID-19 – in the Asia-Pacific. The result is a 10-part series featuring insights from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia.

Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice?
Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice? 20 July 2022 David Souter

Two years ago, the assumption was that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns would have lasting impacts on digitalisation – that they would accelerate the process by which offline turned to online, increase its pace and shift the way we do things towards digital alternatives. But has this happened as much as was expected?

Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected
Civil society organisations reject attempts to silence and criminalise social movements in the context of protests in Ecuador and demand that human rights are respected 22 June 2022 Various

The undersigned organisations and activists firmly reject the violent repression, arbitrary arrests and use of surveillance technologies to intimidate, harass, persecute and silence defenders of human rights and nature in Ecuador in the context of the protests that started on 13 June 2022.

Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines
Seeding change: Foundation for Media Alternatives challenges rampant surveillance in public health in the Philippines 21 June 2022 Leila Nachawati Rego

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen rampant surveillance and citizen monitoring under the guise of public health. FMA's recent research focused on understanding how such privacy and freedoms were being curtailed in the Philippines, providing recommendations for a more equitable response and helping civil society hold the government accountable.

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