In 2015, the debate about how to best control exports of surveillance technologies from Europe to countries where they can be used to harm human rights was full of interesting developments. We prepared an overview of some of the most interesting ones.
“The German federal government should push for greater transparency and a greater role for human rights in the new EU dual-use regulation: – said Ben Wagner during a public expert hearing at the German Bundestag on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.
The 10th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum has been taking place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10 to 13 November 2015. This year’s theme is “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”.
Why do algorithms raise ethical concerns? Because they keep information away from us, make subjective decisions and – most importantly – we don’t always know how they work. CIHR put together a publication which summarises key issues of the Ethics of Algorithms debates.
The working group on human rights of the German association for political science is organizing a one-day conference entitled “Menschenrechte im ‘Cyberraum'” in cooperation with Schader Stiftung and supported by CIHR.
“The disconnection of communications networks has serious negative consequences for both economy and society in Pakistan” says Ben Wagner, who contributed to a new report on network shutdowns published today. In Pakistan, mobile and internet networks are disconnected frequently during public gatherings due to security concerns.
Most of the debates about human rights and technology have been focused on surveillance and censorship. But freedom of expression and the right to privacy are only the two most prominent cases among a large variety of issues related to human rights on the internet. Our study calls for a broader approach to human rights.
“It has been a year since the German government published Digital Agenda 2014-2017. But the debate about the role of Internet in foreign policy cannot lose steam now”, said Ben Wagner, the director of CIHR, after a discussion organized by the SWP between politicians, government officials and academics yesterday.
On Friday, September 4, CIHR staff and fellows will be speaking at the „Das ist Netzpolitik!“ conference in Berlin. Here is a short overview of their talks.
Nishant Shah defies the idea of the individual self and claiming that the self itself is a network. Shah will present his research about the Self as a Network at Viadrina on September 3, 2015. The talk is open to the public.