EDRi-gram, 15 December 2021
In this last edition of the EDRi-gram for 2021, we look at the good, the bad and the ugly in the much-anticipated Digital Services Act report, approved by the European Parliament IMCO Committee this week. We also take a look back at this year of resilience, reflecting on the impact EDRi and the Reclaim Your Face coalition had on digital rights.
DMA: European Parliament takes first steps towards limiting gatekeeper power and providing real choices for people
Today, the European Parliament has approved its position on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). While unfortunately, it scales down the DMA scope by limiting who will be considered...
Has the Parliament effectively wielded the Digital Services Act to challenge platform power? The verdict is, somewhat.
Today, the European Parliament Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) has approved its much-anticipated report on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA affects how...
Digital Services Act: EU Parliament’s key committee rejects a filternet but concerns remain
The European Union's Digital Services Act (DSA) is a big deal. It's the most significant reform of Europe’s internet platform legislation in twenty years and the EU Commission...
Press release: European Commission jumps the gun with proposal to add facial recognition to EU-wide police database
The European Commission has put forward a proposal to ‘streamline’ the automated sharing of facial recognition images and other sensitive data by police across the EU. What will...
A beginner’s guide to EU rules on scanning private communications: Part 1
In July 2021, the European Parliament and EU Council agreed temporary rules to allow webmail and messenger services to scan everyone’s private online communications. In 2022, the European...
2021: Looking back at digital rights in the year of resilience
We started 2021, hoping to leave the tremendously challenging year of 2020 behind. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our societies, causing unprecedented harm to...
Nani Jansen Reventlow receives the Felipe Rodriguez Award 2021
The Felipe Rodriguez Award is an important part of Bits of Freedom’s annual Big Brother Awards. Each year the organisation present this award to someone who, in their...
Council and Parliament find provisional agreement on the Data Governance Act
On 30 November, the European Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on the final version of the Data Governance Act (DGA). The text, which will still require final approval...
EU: Data retention strikes back? Options for mass telecoms surveillance under discussion again
In June 2021 the European Commission sought the views of member states on ways to reintroduce the bulk retention of telecoms traffic, location and internet connection data on...
Romania uses the EECC Directive implementation to extend communication surveillance
A new proposal to extend communication surveillance and to intercept encrypted communications was hidden by the Romanian Government in the national implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code...
Italy introduces a moratorium on video surveillance systems that use facial recognition
On 1 December 2021, the Italian Parliament introduced a moratorium on video surveillance systems that use facial recognition technologies. This law introduces, for the first time in an...
Reclaim Your Face impact in 2021
A sturdy coalition, research reports, investigations, coordination actions and gathering amazing political support at national and EU level. This was 2021 for the Reclaim Your Face coalition –...
Opinion on the Passenger Name Record CJEU case
In Case-817/19, Belgium’s Constitutional Court has asked the EU Court of Justice whether the PNR Directive (2016/681) is compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The hope must...
EDRi welcomes our new Policy Advisor: Sebastian Becker
European Digital Rights is proud to announce that Sebastian Becker has joined the Brussels office team as our new Policy Advisor. Sebastian will focus on supporting EDRi’s work...
REGISTER for the 10-year anniversary edition of #PrivacyCamp22 now!
Privacy Camp is turning 10 and it’s time to celebrate! Join us at this online anniversary edition to build together on the lessons of the past and to collectively articulate strategic ways forward for the advancement of human rights in the digital society. Register TODAY!
Managed by Bots: surveillance of gig economy workers
EDRi member, Privacy International
What if your boss was an algorithm? This is not science fiction or some far-fetched reality. Millions of people worldwide are working in the gig economy sector for companies like Uber, Deliveroo, Bolt, Just Eat… And this could be the future of work for people working outside the gig economy, as surveillance technologies are creeping into the workplace – and the ‘work-from-home place’ in particular. Read more and see how you can get involved.
Challenging Discrimination & Polarisation: Whistleblowing in the Post-Truth Era
Disruption Network Lab
Supremacist ideologies, deliberate disinformation, hate speech, and the spreading of false facts are on the rise. The recent Facebook Papers call for Facebook’s responsibility on letting hate speech and misinformation spread on the platform, and consequently, on the civic society. This panel addresses how whistleblowing can serve the cause of challenging discrimination, political polarisation, and dominant cultural narratives. Check it out now.
How to Fix the Internet
EDRi member, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
It seems like everywhere we turn we see dystopian stories about technology’s impact on our lives and our futures — from tracking-based surveillance capitalism to street level government surveillance. Exposing and articulating these problems is important, but so is envisioning and then building a better future. Listen now to learn about a better way forward.
The Dark Side of Identity: Mitigating the Risks
Digital identity systems are generally accepted as positive tools for social good. Nevertheless, they can pose several dangers and cause significant concerns. Join the conversation through this event...
The EU AI Act: Where Do We Stand After the EU Council Position?
The Brussels Privacy Hub gladly announces the Webinar on "The EU AI Act: Where Do We Stand After the EU Council Position?"
Enforcing Europe – Series 2: Quo vadis, data retention? The indeterminable quest for proportionality
The Series is organised by the joint research project MATIS of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Luxembourg (co-funded by FWO and FNR), in cooperation with...
#PrivacyCamp22: Livestream starting at 9:00 CET, 25 January 2022
The 10th edition of Privacy Camp invites for a forward-looking retrospective on the last decade of digital rights. This edition aims at building on the lessons of the...
CPDP Conferences: Computers, Privacy & Data Protection
As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and...
Feminist Tech Deep-dive on Misinformation/Disinformation
A 3-day deep-dive, conducted virtually, a hope-driven call to action, which invites the participants not only to understand and critique, but occupy and expand digital spaces for democratic...
FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software. Usually taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium),...
MozFest 2022: The schedule is now live!
MozFest is a unique festival- part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more...
The programme for the 11th edition of RightsCon is now out!
Every year RightsCon brings together activists, business leaders, policy makers, technologists, and journalists from around the world to take action on human rights in the digital age.
re:publica Berlin 2022
re:publica Berlin is back! The festival for the digital society takes place from 8-10 June 2022 at Arena Berlin and Festsaal Kreuzberg with the motto "Any Way the...
Media Technologist – Technology, Threats and Opportunities Program
WITNESS is a global human rights organization, a collective of passionate human rights activists with (mostly remote) team members all over the world is looking for Media...
Job opportunity: Knowledge Rights 21 – Brussels Representative
Knowledge Rights 21 – 21st Century Access to Education and Research – is a programme run by Stichting IFLA Foundation, and bringing together library organisations working across Europe,...
Project Manager vacancy at Tails
Tails, a portable operating system that protects against surveillance and censorship, is looking for a project manager to make their organization function better.
The Social Science Research Council seeks applicants for Just Tech Fellowship
The Just Tech Fellowship supports and mobilizes diverse and cross-sector cohorts of researchers and practitioners to imagine and create more just, equitable, and representative technological futures. Fellows will...
Vacancies at Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a Staff Attorney - Patent Experience.
Head of Policy vacancy at Wikimedia DE
Wikimedia Germany Society for the Promotion of Free Knowledge e. V. is a non-profit association with around 150 employees and 90,000 members. The oldest and largest of...
AlgorithmWatch is looking for an experienced editor
Writing is your passion? Do you feel like working in a young and influential NGO? And you want to contribute your skills and experience to one of the...
Vacancies at The Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation has multiple vacancies open.
Access Now is looking for Design Lead & more
EDRi member Access Now, a growing international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, is looking for...
The FSFE is looking for an office assistant
FSFE is looking for an office assistant for 20-25 hours per week in their Berlin office.
Open North is looking for a Senior Analyst
This position offers the possibility to contribute to and learn from several projects revolving around data governance, open data, open smart cities, open government and AI ethics. All...
Open vacancies at noyb for GDPR Lawyers, Legal Trainees & Community Managers
EDRi member noyb is a non-profit organization working on enforcement actions under GDPR, that is expanding their pan-European tech team to work on innovative legal tech projects.
Caseworker – Platform Power at Foxglove
Foxglove is looking for a caseworker to join their team for a fixed contract period of eighteen months, in the Platform Power strand of Foxglove’s work.
Job openings at Epicenter.Works
EDRi member epicenter.works has openings for volunteer web developer, and graphic designer positions.
Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte is looking for Legal Trainees & more
EDRi member Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF) is looking for Legal Trainees and more. GFF is a Berlin-based NGO with the mission to establish a sustainable structure for successful strategic...
Global Network is looking for a Development Manager
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) is an international multistakeholder group of Internet and telecommunications companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics....
Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs vacancy at Mozilla
Mozilla is looking for a Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs.