Monthly Archives: August 2020

Proctoring apps subject students to unnecessary surveillance

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 20 August 2020. With COVID-19 forcing millions of teachers and students to rethink in-person schooling, this moment is ripe for an innovation in learning. Unfortunately, many schools have simply substituted surveillance technology for real transformation. The use of proctoring apps – privacy-invasive software products that “watch” students

Uzbek authorities should drop dubious case against journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 26 August 2020. The Uzbek authorities should drop the criminal investigation against the independent journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev and lift all restrictions on his movement, Human Rights Watch said today. Abdullaev faces charges of “offenses against the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan” and “conspiracy to overthrow the

Indonesia: Media organisations targeted in digital attacks for COVID-19 reporting

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 25 August 2020. Media organisations in Indonesia have reported a spate of digital attacks directed at critical coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia are deeply concerned that the hacking attacks are aimed

Egypt: Human rights defender Bahey eldin Hassan sentenced over a tweet

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 25 August 2020. The sentence of 15 years in prison for human rights defender Bahey eldin Hassan, issued in absentia today by Cairo’s Fifth Circuit Terrorism Court, is condemned by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). The ruling against Hassan, the director of CIHRS, is

Nicaraguan journalist David Quintana faces criminal slander suit

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 19 August 2020. Authorities in Nicaragua should drop the criminal slander proceedings against journalist David Quintana, and the country should reform its speech laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 10, Managua residents Nelson Vázquez Oporta and Junieth Dávila Cruz filed a criminal slander

Iran: Rising worry over the future of Internet access

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 17 August 2020. ARTICLE 19 echoes concerns being expressed by people in Iran, who are anxious about the future of access to the global internet in Iran. Since the week-long shutdown in November 2019, Iran’s government has repeatedly disrupted internet access, particularly when protests are taking place

Israeli attacks on Palestinian digital rights rise during pandemic

This statement was originally published on 7amleh.org on 20 August 2020. By Dr. Nijmeh Ali Downlaod the PDF of the full report here In response to the coronavirus pandemic, states are increasingly using dangerous technologies at the cost of protecting fundamental human rights. In March 2020, the Israeli government approved two emergency regulations1 that served

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