EDRi-gram, 2 February 2022
In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we dive into the secret negotiations about Europol's reform that would enable mass surveillance of people and discriminatory predictive policing. We also take a peek at the European Parliament's approval of a rights-respecting Digital Services Act and its proposal to ban the use of sensitive personal data for online ads.
Online Safety Bill: Kill Switch for Encryption
Of the many worrying provisions contained within the draft Online Safety Bill, perhaps the most consequential is contained within Chapter 4, at clauses 63-69. This section of the...
UK can join EU surveillance schemes with no parliamentary scrutiny, warns new report
The UK can join intrusive EU surveillance schemes including a pan-European network of police facial recognition databases with no need for parliamentary debate or scrutiny, says a new...
Framing the future of the internet
The European Parliament has just voted on the Digital Services Act, crucial for internet regulation.
Digital Dissidents will introduce those who do not use technology
Czech digital legal organisation and an EDRi member Iuridicum Remedium (IuRe) organised the Big Brother Film Festival in Prague a few months ago, at the end of 2021....
Secret negotiations about Europol: the big rule of law scandal
In negotiations held behind closed doors, the Council of Member States and the European Parliament are about to torpedo all the efforts of the European data protection watchdog’s...
Join our bootcamp and Reclaim Your Face
Reclaim Your Face is expanding to different cities in Europe. To support this growth we are launching a bootcamp to train volunteers and expand the fight against biometric...
Orwell’s Wallet: European electronic identity system leads us straight into surveillance capitalism
In June 2021 the European Commission launched a reform of the 2014 eIDAS Regulation to overhaul Europe’s framework for electronic identity (eID) systems. This ambitious reform tries to...
A beginner’s guide to EU rules on scanning private communications: Part 2
Vital EU rules on human rights and on due process protect all of us from unfair, arbitrary or discriminatory interference with our privacy by states and companies. As...
What went down at #PrivacyCamp22?
EDRi’s annual flagship event Privacy Camp took place yesterday, on 25 January, for the first time online. We hope many of you were able to attend and that...
European Parliament approves rights-respecting DSA & proposes ban on use of sensitive personal data for online ads
Today's upcoming vote by the European Parliament's (EP) on the Digital Services Act (DSA) is expected to be a good step forward in protecting people’s rights on the...
Editor Frederike Kaltheuner, Meatspace Press (2021)
From predicting criminality to sexual orientation, fake and deeply flawed Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rampant. Amidst this feverishly hyped atmosphere, this book interrogates the rise and fall of AI hype, pseudoscience and snake oil. Bringing together different perspectives and voices from across disciplines and countries, it draws connections between injustices inflicted by inappropriate AI. Read the book now.
Reclaim Your Face – The European Citizens Initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance
Ella Jakubowska, Policy Advisor, EDRi
EDRi’s Ella Jakubowska joined the annual rC3 conference to discuss why biometric mass surveillance is a problem we need to address now, and what are the ongoing actions to ban such practices in Europe. She dives into the work that the international coalition of civil society organisations – Reclaim Your Face – is doing to collect evidence about the dangers of biometric mass surveillance, to mobilise people and impact policy-making. More than 67 000 people have already signed the official petition, helping us to end these abusive practices. Check out the video recording & sign the ECI now!
REGISTER for FOSDEM 22
FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software. This edition features 650 speakers, 730 events, and 103 tracks. Check out the final programme and join the event on 5 & 6 February.
Freedom of expression in a pandemic
EDRi member, Article 19
The last two years have seen unparalleled shifts in the ways governments around the world react and respond to the needs of its citizens. Many of those actions radically have affected our rights, particularly the right to speak and the right to know. Listen now.
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...
The EU Open Source Policy Summit
At the EU Open Source Policy Summit, global technology and policy leaders come together to discuss how collaboration and competition are being rethought as we are innovating to...
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...
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),...
Winterkongress of Digitale Gesellschaft, Switzerland
The Digitale Gesellschaft (Digital Society Switzerland) invites you on Friday 25th February 2022, starting at 19.00, and Saturday 26th to this year's edition of the "Winterkongress".
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...
Free Software Day by Free Software Foundation Europe
Every 14th of February, people around the world celebrate the “I Love Free Software Day”. This year, Free Software Foundation Europe is organising a whole event dedicated to...
Civil Rights Defenders is seeking Digital Security Trainers
Civil Rights Defenders is seeking bids from organisations or individuals to enter a frame agreement to perform remote and in-person security trainings for their partner organisations and their...
Rapporteur for the prefiguration group of the International Observatory on Information and Democracy
The Forum on Information and Democracy, a Paris-based organization mandated to implement democratic principles in the information and communication space, is looking for rapporteurs for its prefiguration group...
Job opportunity with APC: GenderIT coordinator and editor
The Women's Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC WRP) is looking for a content production coordinator and experienced editor to join APC’s virtual office and...
Systemic Justice: Call for graphic recorders
Systemic Justice is looking for graphic recorders/illustrators to document each roundtable in a way that expresses what stands out in each meeting, rather than provide a full visual...
Vacancies at Privacy International
Privacy International (PI) has multiple open positions: Policy Officer, Technology Officer.
Coordination Assistant for the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD)
TACD is the forum of over 70 EU and US consumer and digital rights groups working together to influence EU and U.S policies. The Secretariat of TACD is...
Tactical Tech is looking for a Communications & Fundraising Manager
Tactical Tech is looking for an engaging storyteller, with passion and creativity for building communications assets and materials, who will develop and implement strategic and action plans to...
CEO Executive Assistant at Open Knowledge Foundation
Open Knowledge Foundation is looking for an early career open knowledge enthusiast to assist OKFN CEO in the implementation of an updated global strategy.
Open Rights Group is looking for a Data Protection Policy Manager
ORG is pursuing a multi-strand initiative designed to inform, mobilise and influence a cross-sectoral challenge to Government efforts to weaken data protection and the role of the ICO...
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.
Vacancies at Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a Staff Attorney - Patent Experience.
Job openings at Epicenter.Works
EDRi member epicenter.works has openings for volunteer web developer, and graphic designer positions.
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....
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...
Vacancies at The Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation has multiple vacancies open.
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.
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...
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...
Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs vacancy at Mozilla
Mozilla is looking for a Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs.
Big Brother Watch vacancies
Big Brother Watch is a UK non-profit campaign group looking for Policy Manager, Digital Communications Officer, Board Member.