Tag Archives: Civil Society

Citizen Lab at the World Movement for Democracy Eighth Assembly

November 1-4 – Seoul, South Korea

Privacy and security in cyberspace: Right of all or luxury of the few?

In an article published on openDemocracy.net, Citizen Lab Senior Legal Advisor Sarah McKune writes about the digital threats that civil society organizations (CSOs) face in carrying out their work, which undermine their privacy and compromise sensitive information. “To address this problem we must expand the terms and scope of the debate, exploring the link between the right to privacy and access to digital security more fully,” said McKune.


Summary of our report, entitled “Communities @ Risk: Targeted Digital Threats Against Civil Society,” in the Tibetan language.

The Latin American Winter

Four years after the ‘Arab Spring’, it is believed that empowerment of civil society in Latin America has been hampered by formal and informal structures of power, which – legally and illegally- are funneling digital manifestations of social grievances, thus avoiding significant challenges to the status quo.

New book chapter by Citizen Lab Fellow Stefania Milan

Citizen Lab Fellow Stefania Milan has authored a chapter titled “WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Exercise of Individuality: Protesting in the Cloud” in the newly-released book, Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society.

Civil society concerns over Internet regulation and ITU

Source: EDRI-gram

The letter of 17 May 2012, addressed to WCIT organiser, the International Telecommunication Union, the Council Working Group to Prepare for the WCIT-12 and to ITU member states, is asking for more transparency and expresses the wish of the signatories to participate in the preparation process for WCIT.

Open letter to the International Telecommunications Union

In December 2012, the International Telecommunication Union will convene a meeting of the world’s governments to renegotiate the ITU’s underlying treaty, the International Telecommunications Regulations.

Getting users into identity governance

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Brenden Kuerbis analyzes the latest development in the debate over Internet identity governance with a focus on the issue of public involvement.

Police tracking of cellphones raises privacy fears in U.S.

Source: Eric Lichtblau, New York Times

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

Access calls on Human Rights Council to protect digital rights

Source: Access

Throughout 2011, citizens across the world organized online to demand the enjoyment of their human rights, in particular the rights to opinion, expression and association.