EDRi-gram, 29 May 2024

What an exciting few weeks we have ahead of us – the European Parliament elections are just around the corner and much is about to change. The next time you read the EDRigram, we will have new decision-makers in place at the Parliament. But before we jump too far ahead into the future, here’s what’s been happening in the digital rights world since we last met. EDRi member La Quadrature du Net is taking legal action against the French prime minister’s decision to block TikTok in New Caledonia. The French government is resorting to the tried-and-tested authoritarian reflexes of obstructing people’s freedom of expression as tensions in the archipelago reach new heights. In this EDRigram, we’re also getting real about EU’s surveillance agenda, and looking at how to enforce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a way that realises its full potential.

By EDRi · May 29, 2024



The Voter’s Guide workshop

The Influence Industry Project

Participants of the workshop will gain an understanding of how political parties obtain and use personal data to target content to influence the decisions and behaviours of voters. The workshop also provides tools to assist voters in developing their political agency and personal political opinions in an environment of polarising and misleading political content. Download the Voter’s Guide resource package!


How Ukraine fights Russian disinformation: Beehive vs mammoth


This Hybrid CoE Research Report focuses on Ukrainian best practices in countering disinformation, mainly in the period following Russia’s February 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  The report identifies ten lessons that the West could learn from the Ukrainian experience. Read more.


Digital public infrastructure: A tool for gender equality?

EDRi member, Access Now

As more public services and information sources move online, women and girls, in all of their diversity, continue to face barriers to access to digital public infrastructure and repositories of knowledge and memory. This amplifies existing inequities by hindering their meaningful participation in public life and contributes to their further marginalisation. Watch this virtual side event of the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.


Scarlett Johansson’s Open AI voice fight shows the need for consent in tech

There are no girls on the internet

Just last week OpenAI launched a new conversational interface for ChatGPT with a very familiar voice: Scarlett Johansson’s one. This new feature was quickly disabled this weekend. What was the problem? Scarlett Johansson didn’t give consent for the use of her voice. Listen to the podcast to find out what this behaviour says about consent in tech.