13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles: The View from Canada

September 19, 2014 - by Carmen Cheung.

This article discusses state obligations to respect international human rights law and safeguards for international cooperation, from a Canadian perspective.


13 Principles Week of Action: Five Eyes’ Quest For Security Has Given Us Widespread Insecurity

September 18, 2014 - by Aaron Gluck Thaler.

You do not have to choose between privacy and security. With robust communications systems, we can have both. Yet intelligence agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA have severely injured both, interfering with our privacy rights while simultaneously jeopardizing our security. By infiltrating our communications technologies, governments, who have an obligation to respect and strengthen the integrity of these technologies, have instead eroded the possibility of secure systems. Their activities violate the key principle of ‘Integrity of Communications and Systems of the ‘International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance.


13 Principles Week of Action: Human Rights Require a Secure Internet

September 18, 2014 - by Danny O’Brien.

The ease by which mass surveillance can be conducted is not a feature of digital networks; it’s a bug in our current infrastructure caused by a lack of pervasive encryption. It’s a bug we have to fix.


13 Principles Week of Action: Location Privacy is a Human Right

September 16, 2014 - by Hanni Fakhoury.

By its very nature, our location is unique and uniquely revealing. Knowledge of where a person is and has been can reveal affiliations and habits, customs and patterns, religious affiliations, politics and preferences. While social media allows people to voluntarily share their location information with others, no one reveals all their location information all the time to others – especially not to the government. Technological developments have enabled governments to keep tabs on where a person has been in the past and where they are at any given moment. Our laws, however, have struggled to keep track with this new power.


13 Principles Week of Action: Secret Law is Not Law

September 15, 2014 - by Cindy Cohn.

To bring the U.S. in line with international law, it must stop the process of developing secret law and ensure that all Americans, and indeed all people who may be subject to its surveillance have clear notice of when surveillance might occur. Terrorists and other criminals already well understand that they can be subject to surveillance during an investigation, so the people who are hurt are the innocent. Some operational details can and should remain secret, of course, but the law must be sufficiently clear to allow innocent people to understand when and how they may be subject to surveillance and, as they wish, take steps to regain their privacy.


13 Principles Week of Action: ¡Que No Te Chuzen el Correo, Tu Privacidad Es Primero!

September 17, 2014 - by Katitza Rodríguez. (Spanish)


30 Jahre nach 1984

September 18, 2014 - by Klaus Birkenbihl. (German)


32 organizacije zahtevaju od Srbije da podrži Rezoluciju UN o pravu na privatnost na Internetu

November 21, 2013 - by SHARE Defense ­ SHARE.

Conference Našu inicijativu su podržale mnoge organizacije civilnog društva iz cele Srbije, kao i novinarska i medijska udruženja (NUNS, UNS, NDNV, ANEM). Uskoro će biti postavljena platforma na kojoj će i pojedinci moći da daju svoju podršku zahtevu da se prekine sa masovnim nadgledanjem komunikacija i poštovanju digitalnih prava.


A Concrete Proposal to Enshrine the Necessary and Proportionate Principles Thus Ending Mass Surveillance

June 30, 2014 - by Association for Proper Internet Governance.

On 30 June 2014, pursuant to Resolution 68/167 of the United National General Assembly, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR) published a report on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or the interception of digital communications and the collection of personal data, including on a mass scale. The Association for Proper Internet Governance (APIG) thanks and commends the High Commissioner for this courageous, frank, objective, well reasoned and balanced report.


A Machine of Paranoia: How Concerns for Student Safety May Chill Speech

September 18, 2014 - This article discusses Geo Listening, a software monitoring firm, and the notion that labyrinthine surveillance keeps kids safe, which has fueled the employment of surveillance technologies in public schools.