Joanna Bronowicka has been named the Director of the Centre for Internet and Human Rights at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Having previously served as the Executive Director, Bronowicka will lead an international team of researchers and fellows who study the impacts of digitisation on society and human rights.
On November 30, 2016, the Grand Chamber of the the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) was supposed to issue a final ruling in the Barbulescu v. Romania case. But the final decision has been deferred for several more months. Yuan Stevens and Joanna Bronowicka analyse the implications of the pending case for privacy of workers in Europe.
Should algorithms replace bureaucrats? Some hope that automated decisions will make public administration more efficient and fair. But they can also pose a threat to our privacy, freedom of expression and protection from discrimination.
Internet research suffers from a lack of collaboration between academic and civil society communities. This workshop seeks to bringing together scholars and activists with diverse backgrounds and research interests to discuss modes of cooperation. CIHR fellow Jillian C. York and Nathalie Maréchal co-organize the event in Berlin, Germany.
„The legal framework regulating the protection of personal data in Tunisia shares the same weaknesses of Ben Ali’s regime that eventually led to its fall“ writes CIHR fellow Clément Perarnaud. His policy analysis entitled “Data protection in Tunisia: a legal illusion?” explains the development of the right to privacy in Tunisia.
Cyber is everywhere. Although it is hard to grasp what it actually means, the term is widely used in debates about digital communications technology. As our study reveals, in fact using the term cyber is closely linked to processes of (in)securitization.
What are the challenges for e-democracy in Ukraine? Can citizens and state collaborate on new e-democracy solutions? To help answer these questions, the CIHR will host a workshop with Dmytro Khutkyy.
The Council of Europe has set up a new Committee of experts on Internet Intermediaries (MSI-NET). Ben Wagner, Director of CIHR, has been appointed as a member of this Committee.
The re:publica conference brings together activists, scientists, hackers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, journalists, social media and marketing experts, and many others to discuss the future of information society. Check out the talks by CIHR’s staff and fellows at re:publica 2016.
The 2015 Volkswagen emission scandal is a recent example of the power and challenges of algorithmic regulation. Volkswagen used software to manipulate the emissions of cars, and public regulators were unable to access the source code of this software.