New data technologies offer governments great potential for the benefit of development and bring representational opportunities for marginalized communities. But where do legitimate actions in the name of National Security reasons start and human rights end?
Nomacebo Mbayo, WC Administrator and activist of the Right2Know Campaign, tells us more about the RICA case, access to information and the awareness of misuse of data in South Africa.
A small US company is selling an app that might end our ability to walk down the street anonymously. Among its clients: authoritarian states and US immigration enforcement. Jacinta Gonzalez, an organizer with the NGO Mijente, talked with us about why this puts the eleven million undocumented people in the United States at an even higher risk for deportation.
Children consider access to digital media a fundamental right. But they are also the most vulnerable when it comes to online exposure and hardly ever mentioned as a specific group in the broader conversation. How are we preparing children for a world they born in to and can we somehow weapon them for digital perils?
Governments are increasingly collecting our data without giving us the possibility to inquire or appeal, and even leave the decision-making up to algorithms. How can we question authorities and make them accountable for decisions that violate human rights?
Internet has connected people all over the world as never before. Besides, it has enhanced commercial, corporate and political connections, which create more freedom in different spheres. This is the kind of universal democracy hosted by Internet via social connections and social media. But do we have a total democracy on social platforms?
Do you mind that the data you are producing every day in the digital environment might be used by some other actors?
According to Shoshana Zuboff, the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go is deliberately implemented for commercial profit, at the expense of unaware citizens. She calls it “Surveillance Capitalism”, a bunch of algorithms that apparently completely consume us. Is the 99% now controlled by the tech-savvy 1%?
What happens if Big Data and artificial intelligence endanger our privacy, misinform or discriminates us? On this blog, we are going to throw light on the dark side of technology. Big Brother, you are watching us, but we are watching you too!