EDRi-gram, 17 November 2021

Check out our joint call to the Portuguese government to oppose a proposed law that tries to sneak in biometric mass surveillance. In this edition, we also explain how Facebook's latest announcement about deleting their facial recognition database demonstrates that voluntary self-regulation from tech giants is superficial and cannot replace actual legislation against these practices. And discuss the shortcomings of Facebook whistleblower's testimony.

By EDRi · November 17, 2021



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Digital rights falter amid political and social unrest

SHARE Foundation & BIRN

EDRi member SHARE Foundation, and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) have been monitoring the state of digital rights and freedoms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia since 2019. Read their report to learn more about the violations of human rights and freedoms in the digital environment in the context of social and political unrest.


Freedom of expression in a digital age: is EU’s attempt to regulate Big Tech the way forward?

Kulturutveckling VGR

The Digital Services Act aims to regulate the way platforms handle online illegal or ‘harmful’ content. The Digital Markets Act seeks to prevent anticompetitive behaviour from the so-called digital gatekeepers. Are these proposals the right way to secure freedom of expression and other human rights online? Join EDRi’s Senior Policy Advisor Jan Penfrat for a discussion on challenges in the digital media landscape.


Marta Peirano and the rethink of technodeterminism

EDRi member, Državljan D

EDRi’s member Državljan D sat down with the journalist Marta Peirano before the festival “(re)programming Strategies for Self-Renewal” to talk about tech journalism, surveillance capitalism, and different models of tech economy co-regulation. Listen to the podcast to learn more about technodeterminism.