Stories about Surveillance

30 January 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme (and China’s AI aspirations) threw a wrench into the 2018 election

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

22 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

30 December 2019

Data protection policy void threatens privacy rights of citizens and refugees in Jordan

Jordan is considering a data protection bill. Will its adoption reinforce privacy protections in the country?

6 November 2019

Behold Russia's new ‘sovereign internet’

The "sovereign internet" bill is about bringing the "critical infrastructure" of the RuNet under the state's oversight. That could mean a more effective implementation of Moscow's laws regulating expression online.

5 November 2019

The right to privacy in Sudan: A call to enact a data protection act

In the absence of an effective data protection law, personal data will remain at risk of misuse and abuse not only by the government but also the private sector. 

4 October 2019

Netizen Report: Human rights groups demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, one year after his murder

The journalist's killing sparked widespread condemnation of the Saudi government and brought increased international scrutiny to the treatment of journalists and rights activists by the regime.

4 September 2019

A web comic from Colombia discusses surveillance and gender in Latin America—to the rhythm of salsa

''Beyond the joke that "every breath you take" seems like it could be written by the NSA, we realized that this is about a man that spies on a woman.''

30 August 2019

Kazakhstan pauses interception of encrypted traffic, but for how long?

This was the authorities’ third attempt to enforce the use of a “national security certificate.” Although the authorities have relented, there are signs that it won’t be the last.

20 August 2019

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy and election monitoring concerns

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

5 July 2019

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

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