2018 saw the General Data Protection Regulation introduced in May, but it also saw public bodies, security and law enforcement agencies awarding themselves ever increasing surveillance powers.
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Coalitions of states, often backed by civic groups and popular protests, are driving a global trend to confront the abuses of anti-rights populists.
Privacy International shows what this data sharing looks like in practice, particularly for people who do not have a Facebook account.
Netflix’s decision to comply with a censorship request from Saudi Arabia has renewed an ongoing debate about how international companies should respond to politically motivated censorship demands when operating in repressive countries.
The International Federation of Journalists lists 94 journalists and media staff killed in work-related incidents during 2018, up from 82 in 2017.
The 2019 Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop rang in the year with a celebration of press freedom, selecting the Committee to Protect Journalists as the year’s charity honoree.
“There is a growing movement, including in countries once seen as guarantors of fundamental rights, aimed at destroying the press as an institution of democracy”, IPI said.
A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual RSF worldwide round-up, which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel.
For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike.
In 2018, SMEX launched a petition in collaboration with the Lebanese band Al-Rahel Al-Kabir to make their songs – which had been censored from iTunes Middle East – available on the platform.
To ensure that the use of new technologies does not result in any harm, humanitarian organisations must develop and implement appropriate data protection standards, including robust risk assessments.
A collection of newly released documents suggests that the company adopted a host of features and policies even though it knew those choices would harm users and undermine innovation.
The only choice for reporters who uncover facts about organized crime is often between saying nothing and risking their lives. Worldwide, more than 30 journalists have been killed by criminal organizations since the start of 2017, RSF learned.
As Privacy International highlights in their latest report From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy – privacy has not always been on the side of women.
A visualisation of key information from the 2018 UNESCO Director General’s report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity.