Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Internet in the Trump Era: Prospects for Democratic And Labor Rights In The US and Globally

Citizen Lab Cyber Stewards Network Partner Kemly Camacho of Sulá Batsú will join a forum at Stanford University titled “The Internet in the Trump Era: Prospects for Democratic And Labor Rights In The US And Globally.” The event will be held on February 9, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in Room 126, at the Margaret Jacks Hall at Stanford University.

Participants will discuss issues raised this past December in Guadalajara, where the annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held. The issues of Internet rights and privacy, and the effects of information technology and the internet were debated and discussed. The election of President Trump has escalated fears of attacks on democratic communication rights while the privatization of the Internet grows. The forum at Stanford, featuring attendees at the recent IGF meeting, will look at the issue of protection of communication rights and privacy. It will also assess how information technology is affecting workers, as well as private sector control of the Internet through projects, such as the Facebook led-partnership Internet.org.

Kemly Camacho will join speakers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, LaborNet, and Stanford University.

Cyber Stewards contribute to Global Information Society Watch 2016 publication

Several Cyber Stewards Network Partners have contributed to the 2016 Global Internet Society Watch on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on the Internet, a publication with 46 country reports and other topics.  Launched at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico, the publication explores issues in information and communications technology for activists, the socioeconomic empowerment of women with the Internet, and emerging issues such as the use of the internet during natural disasters.

In particular, Sunil Abraham of the Centre for Internet and Society authored a chapter titled “The digital protection of knowledge: Questions raised by the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library in India,” while Colnodo contributed a country report for Colombia. Claudio Ruiz of Derechos Digitales co-authors a chapter entitled “The impact of free trade agreements for ESCRs on the Internet,” while Valentina Hernández, also of Derechos Digitales, contributed a country report for Chile. Finally, Kelly Camacho of Sulá Batsú authors a country report on Costa Rica.

Read more information or download a full copy of the report.

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Canada’s IDRC profiles Cyber Stewards Network

In an interview with Canada’s International Development Research Centre and Canadian Geographic, Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert explained the work of the Cyber Stewards Network (CSN), which aims to increases cybersecurity in the global south, and conducts advocacy campaigns surrounding the protection of human rights in the digital sphere.

Asked about the formation of the CSN, Delbert said “The development of the Internet is one of the most profound changes in communications in human history. We need people around the world working locally but thinking globally about how to protect it, so in partnership with the International Development Research Centre, Citizen Lab formed the network, which combines research and advocacy. A lot of the groups in the network want to do more than just research — they want to push for change. We help them with the research and they do the advocacy.”

He went to to discuss the work the network has done in protecting vulnerable groups, such as exiled Tibetans who were the target of cyberattacks by the Chinese government. Citizen Lab partnered with the Tibet Action Institute to develop messaging understandable by and relatable to Tibetans that would encourage them to follow cybersecurity best practices. Deibert also touched on the need for civil society to protect themselves as they increasingly become the target of advanced spyware technologies, given that they frequently express political dissent. He concluded: “Governments — whether in Nigeria, Latin America or the Middle East — are putting in draconian restrictions such as mass surveillance programs and curtailing the activities of journalists, all under the rubric of cybersecurity. Securing cyberspace involves more than technical solutions because however valuable those may be, they’re not going to solve the problem in its entirety because technologies are always changing. We also need to approach the problems as an issue that arises from government and private-sector behavior, which will require wholesale legal and policy changes. Otherwise, these restriction and surveillance activities will ultimately result in a crisis of democracy.”

Read the full interview with IDRC.