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As digital technologies become increasingly central to the exercise of civil and political rights, technologists and private sector stakeholders should take steps to ensure that their products and services affirm those rights and reinforce democratic values. Technology has become critical... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at Information Policy
Turin, 20.05.2022 – The Council of Europe today issued a set of guidelines to its 46 member states aimed at preventing and combating hate speech, both online and offline. In a Recommendation adopted during its annual session held in Turin,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2022 at Information Policy
Hola Browser is driving company growth as demand for transparent online experiences expands amidst increasing online restrictions surges Today, Hola announced new features for its latest offering, Hola Browser, that allows global citizens the ability to achieve internet freedom. The... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at Information Policy
Strasbourg, 06.04.2022 – The Council of Europe issued today a set of guidelines to its 46 member states to address the challenges to the fairness and legitimacy of electoral processes created by new digital political communication techniques. These challenges include... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at Information Policy
Access Now supports Open Society Justice Initiative’s complaint calling for accountability filed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against A1 Telekom Austria for its role in 2020 internet shutdowns during, and in the aftermath of, disputed elections... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at Information Policy
News outlets are finding creative ways to get around the Kremlin's efforts to block independent reporting inside Russia, utilizing everything from carbon-copy websites to encryption tools and anonymous browsers. Why it matters: While old-school circumvention methods like short-wave radio are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at Information Policy
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 March 10, 2022 Dear President Biden, The signatories to this letter deplore Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, condemn in the strongest possible terms the grave violations... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Information Policy
As Russia blocked access to Meta Platforms Inc’s flagship social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram, demand from internet users for tools to skirt the restrictions skyrocketed, data from a monitoring firm showed. Instagram access in Russia was cut from Monday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Information Policy
Digital authoritarianism—the use of information technology by authoritarian regimes to surveil, repress, and manipulate domestic and foreign populations—is on the rise. In China, the Great Firewall and other systematic tools of digital oppression define the norms of public and private... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Information Policy
The Internet is splintering, and the Ukraine crisis is accelerating it. They call it the “splinternet,” and it matters. Most people know that Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Google don’t work in China, but Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and Reddit are also blocked.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Information Policy
The Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of Belarus (GUBOPiK) has detained prominent Wikipedia editor Mark Bernstein, according to the Belarusian publication Zerkalo. The arrest comes after Bernstein’s personal information was shared on GOBUPiK’s public Telegram channel. Bernstein... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at Information Policy
We, Belarusian civil society organizations, profess peace and security as indisputable values. We are governed in our activities by human rights standards and principles of humanity. We have worked for many years to create a democratic society, free of discrimination,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2022 at Information Policy
This week, the parking tech company EasyPark Group published its Smart City Mobility Index, revealing which cities are leaders in mobility innovation. Examining parking solutions, traffic management systems and clean transport in cities from all over the globe, the group... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Information Policy
Media freedom is a cornerstone of democracy. Free and independent media is necessary for ensuring accurate information and informed public debate and discussion, holding governments accountable and drawing attention to human rights violations, and it serves as a watchdog for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Information Policy
A new centralised agency is being established in Latvia’s capital Riga to improve digital services and the use of data. The creation of the office, which will begin its work from April 1, is inspired by other cities in Europe.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Information Policy
What is described as a world-leading citizen data platform propels China’s technical heart as the leading connected conurbation n the Smart cities: Key technologies, environmental impact and market forecasts 2022-2026 report, the top five smart cities were Shanghai, Seoul, Barcelona,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at Information Policy
Russia stepped up state oversight of internet activity on Wednesday by blocking the website of global privacy service Tor and part of its wider network, with the communications regulator accusing it of enabling access to illegal content. Russia has exerted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2021 at Information Policy
In the first published report of its kind, independent forensic experts from the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) have found “compelling evidence” of “a coordinated policy and practice of systematic torture and ill-treatment against Belarusian citizens” detained for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Information Policy
Read a new issue of bi-weekly newsletter with monitoring of Russian activities and influence in Belarus to know more. RECENT POLICY DEVELOPMENTS Lukashenka's Belarus moves closer to Putin by signing of Russia-Belarus Union State Agreements Russian President Vladimir Putin and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2021 at Information Policy
By Konstantinos Komaitis On Jan. 25, 2011, protests erupted across Egypt against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. As an estimated 2 million people protested at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the government tried to control the narrative by first blocking Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2021 at Information Policy
EUvsDisinfo has been regularly monitoring how the illegitimate Lukashenka regime abuses its legal system and the security apparatus to shut down the very few remaining independent voices. The targets include journalists, regional outlets, Telegram channels and their followers and readers.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at Information Policy
Belarusian authorities have blocked access to Germany's state-backed international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Current Time, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, amid an intensifying crackdown on the media and civil society following last year’s disputed presidential... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2021 at Information Policy
On October 27, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken formally announced plans to modernize and reorient American diplomacy to meet the evolving demands of the 21st century. The State Department, in consultation with governmental and outside experts, and with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2021 at Information Policy
Its establishment is stipulated by Decree No. 422 ‘On Measures to Improve the Protection of Personal Data’, which President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko signed on October 28th. The document was issued in development of the norms of the law No.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2021 at Information Policy
By Jonny Tickle Google, the parent company of the world's most popular online video-sharing platform YouTube, has blocked the official channel of Belarus' Investigative Committee, the agency's official representative revealed on Tuesday. Speaking to Moscow-based news agency RIA Novosti, Yulia... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at Information Policy