Current Affairs

Cyber laws around the world: Privacy is not the policy

December 04, 2022 / Current Affairs, Digital Rights, Data Privacy / By Alex Linton

There is no doubt that the European Union’s GDPR has changed the cyber regulation landscape forever. As onlookers from non-EU countries urge their governments and regulators to adopt similar legislation, countries are rapidly adopting their own sweeping data protection and cyber legislation, much of which is below the standards required to genuinely protect the rights of their citizens.  

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The long and winding road : Striving for data protection in Indonesia

November 17, 2022 / Current Affairs, Data Privacy / By Juliana Harsianti

Juliana Harsianti is an independent researcher and journalist working at the intersection of digital technology and social impact.

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A brief analysis of the Brazil’s data protection law

October 26, 2022 / Current Affairs / By Adriana Meireles

Adriana is a journalist and author. The focus of her PhD in Political Science (2020) investigated the Internet Governance Forum as an empirical informed debate to address the political theory regarding the distinction of public and private spheres. She has also worked as a digital culture coordinator for the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and looks forward to writing more in the near future.

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The Next Chapter for Hong Kong’s digital repression: Total judicial cooperation

October 20, 2022 / Current Affairs / By Charles Mok

Charles Mok is an internet entrepreneur and IT advocate. He was formerly a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and founded the Hong Kong chapter of the Internet Society. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University. 

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Recognition and Protection: India’s Data Privacy Journey

October 17, 2022 / Current Affairs, Data Privacy / By Amber Sinha

Amber is a Senior Fellow-Trustworthy AI at Mozilla Foundation studying models for algorithmic transparency. He works at the intersection of law, technology and society.

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Development in Digital Laws in Russia: State Control of the Internet

October 12, 2022 / Current Affairs / By Baurzhan Rakhmetov

By Baurzhan Rakhmetov, PhD, Assistant Professor of International School of Economics, KAZGUU University, Astana, Kazakhstan

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Censorship, privacy, and social media in Peru

September 30, 2022 / Current Affairs / By Lucía León Pacheco

Lucía León is Public Policy Coordinator at Hiperderecho, a Peruvian civil society organization working on digital rights and liberties. Lucía’s work is focused on monitoring emerging public policies that aim to regulate our digital lives. 

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SIM card registration: The bill is dead, long live the bill!

September 21, 2022 / Current Affairs, Dev Diary / By Jamael Jacob

Jamael Jacob is a lawyer and privacy practitioner wearing many hats including: data protection officer of a private university, policy and legal advisor of a non-profit, and data protection consultant. He is also the former (and first-ever) head of the policy unit of the country’s data protection authority. 

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Signal, mobile numbers and the Twilio hack

August 23, 2022 / Current Affairs, Digital Security, Data Privacy / By Sam de Silva

The recent Twilio hack raises important questions about the vulnerability SMS-based verifications – where users receive an SMS with special code to verify or confirm that they have access to a mobile number used to register to a service. In OPTF’s latest Framed newsletter, we explore the Twilio hack and the vulnerability of using SMS to authenticate users.

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