“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.
CIHR participated in a background study to inform a report on encryption prepared by David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of expression.
On Friday 8. May 2015 from 12:00 to 13:00 we will host a talk with Mustafa Naseem, the Director Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) at the Information Technology University (ITU) in Lahore, Pakistan.
CIHR staff and fellows presented their ideas at the re-publica 2015 conference in Berlin.
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about oppressive regimes using surveillance technologies in ways that led to human rights violations.
The Centre for Internet and Human Rights will be participating in the Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague on April 16-17, 2015.