Cyber laws around the world: Privacy is not the policy
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.
Report – Digital safety and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia
In late 2021, OPTF and Engagemedia started collaborating on a research report that investigated digital safety and internet freedom in South and Southeast Asia. The final report is now available. Sadly, the findings paint a bleak picture when it comes to ensuring human rights defenders and at-risk communities are safe and secure in the digital world.
Reflections on Nigeria’s Twitter ban
June 01, 2022 / Digital Rights / By Adenike Fapohunda
This article was commissioned by the OPTF to as part of a project to encourage more writing on digital rights issues. Adenike Fapohunda is a candidate attorney who did her final year thesis on the Nigerian Twitter ban. Her writing can be found at https://medium.com/@nikefapohunda
Technologies for Border Surveillance and Control in Italy
May 18, 2022 / Digital Rights / By Diego Visintin
A Hermes Center study on Identification, Facial Recognition, and European Union Funding
Cyber-surveillance pushed me into exile
April 13, 2022 / Digital Rights / By Ray Mwareya
Twitter DMs asking for confirmation of my rural home GPS address sounded casual at first. Next came anonymous emails from supposed Oxford professors asking when I’ll be back in my home country. It peaked with the embassy of my country physically stalking me abroad. Once when I was safe in exile, I connected it all. The dots made frightening sense.
Dialogues on digital rights: On the internet, trust is a noun
April 12, 2022 / Digital Rights / By Mallory Knodel
This article is a part of a series of pieces commissioned by the OPTF, written by people from all around the world. Mallory Knodel is the Chief Technology Officer of the Center for Democracy and Technology and a member of the Internet Architecture Board at the IETF.
Teardown of Hong Kong’s internet freedom
April 12, 2022 / Digital Rights / By Charles Mok
For decades, Hong Kong has maintained one of Asia’s freest Internet environments, despite being a part of China. As a special administrative region, reverted to Chinese sovereignty since July 1, 1997, Article 30 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law(1) guarantees the freedom and privacy of communication of residents.