EDRi-gram, 3 May 2023
This week, as the EU Parliament gets ready to vote on the AI Act, we are urging members of Parliament to protect people’s rights in this landmark legislation. We are putting forward our recommendations to lawmakers on protecting journalists from all kinds of surveillance through the European Media Freedom Act. Among other digital rights updates, read about how Irish and French Parliamentarians have become the latest voices to sound the alarm against monitoring of people’s messages in the proposed Child Sexual Abuse Regulation. You can still share your feedback on the draft programme for an initial decolonising process for the digital rights field in Europe.
Member in the Spotlight: Free Software Foundation Europe
Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our lives. Free Software gives everybody the...
Irish and French parliamentarians sound the alarm about EU’s CSA Regulation
The Irish parliament’s justice committee and the French Senate have become the latest voices to sound the alarm about the risk of general monitoring of people’s messages in...
Spyware is only the tip of the iceberg: we need to protect journalists from all forms of surveillance
The EDRi network published amendments and recommendations for the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) proposal calling for comprehensive protection for journalists, journalistic sources and human defenders against surveillance...
Moving from empty buzzwords to real empowerment: a framework for enabling meaningful engagement of external stakeholders in AI
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is accelerating. So is the need to ensure that AI systems are not only effective, but also fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, rights-based, accountable,...
Where artificial intelligence and climate action meet
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has a major influence on climate action, climate change mitigation and the work of environmental defenders. It offers potential benefits, for example...
EU plan for international border data-sharing system “should not proceed”
The European Commission’s plan for a “security-related information sharing system between frontline officers in the EU and key partner countries” should be scrapped, says a paper signed by...
New Romanian cybersecurity law in force despite heavy criticism
The Constitutional Court of Romania declared the new cybersecurity law constitutional despite criticism from civil society about the repercussions for investigative journalists,security companies, and for regular citizens.
As AI Act vote nears, the EU needs to draw a red line on racist surveillance
The EU Artificial Intelligence Act, commonly known as the AI Act, is the first of its kind. Not only will it be a landmark as the first binding...
Civil society urges European Parliament to protect people’s rights in the AI Act
In the run up to the AI Act vote in the European Parliament, civil society organisations call on the European Parliament to prioritise fundamental rights and protect people...
Decolonising the digital rights field in Europe: Call for feedback on our first draft programme
EDRi and the Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) are looking for your input on a draft programme for an initial decolonising process for the digital rights field in Europe....
Off.guard: the necessary tool during internet shutdowns & blackouts
Civil Rights Defenders
To counter the growing number of internet shutdowns, Civil Rights Defenders has created Off.guard – a digital tool that increases access to news and user generated information during internet disruptions. Support freedom of speech and access to information by sharing Off.guard with people in affected regions.
Monetizing Misogyny: how does media spread gender-based disinformation in Italy & Hungary?
EU DisinfoLab co-hosted a webinar on March 21 with Lucina Di Meco, Co-Founder of #ShePersisted to present the findings from their “Monetizing Mysogyny” study, and the role of media in spreading online hate and gendered disinformation in Italy & Hungary. Watch the full webinar.
The Digital Services Act: ensuring a safe and accountable online environment
European Commission “Europe Calling” podcast
As a result of EU’s Digital Services Act, online platforms have to introduce new measures to reduce harms and counter risks online without restricting freedom of expression. Striking this balance has been tricky, but highly necessary as explained by the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, and EDRi’s Jan Penfrat in this new episode of the podcast “Europe Calling”. Listen to it!
Liberties Media Freedom report 2023
Civil Liberties Union for Europe
Compiled by more than 20 civil liberties organisations from across the EU, the report presents evidence and analyses key developments in media freedom and pluralism, safety and protection of journalists and freedom of expression and information in 2022. Read the report.
More-than-human exhibition (Curated by Jane Tingley)
more-than-human presents media artworks at the intersection of art, science, Indigenous worldviews, and technology that speculatively and poetically use multimodal storytelling as a vehicle for interpreting, mattering, and...
Psychosocial Circles Now Open!
Team CommUNITY is happy to announce the Spring enrollment of three psychosocial “circles” - a series of weekly virtual private gatherings, led by mental health professionals, that provide...
Online workshop on digital rights and elections – Article 19
Following the broad crackdown on media in Turkey in recent years, social media has become one of the last arenas where people can access independent news and express...
The Green/Digital/Society Conference
If you are an environmental or digital rights activist, researcher, policymaker, community member or just a concerned human being from the SEE region or Europe, join the discussion...
Welcome to the Digital Rights 2023 village
Whether you are a technologist, researcher, communications professional, community organizer, policy advocate, or any other profession, there is a career path for you in the digital rights field....
Call for participation for re:publica Berlin 2023: CASH, the festival for the digital society
Join the discussion about what does cash means to us and how does it impact the climate emergency or the protection of human rights. A different way of...
RightsCon Costa Rica
RightsCon offers a platform for thousands of participants around the world to convene, connect, and contribute to a shared agenda for the future. Join this global community of...
2nd ACM International Workshop on Multimedia AI against Disinformation (MAD’23)
Future multimedia disinformation detection research relies on the combination of different modalities and on the adoption of the latest advances of deep learning approaches and architectures. These ...
Summer Academy For Global Privacy Law 2023
The Brussels Privacy Hub is proud to announce its 2023 Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law, after 7 years of successful editions.
PIFtopia open call
PIFcamp is a 7-day international summer camp in the Slovenian nature, where art, technology and knowledge meet.
Freedom not Fear 1-4 September 2023
Freedom not Fear (fnf) is an annual self-organised conference on privacy and digital rights. People from all across Europe meet and work towards more freedom in the digitalised...
Feira @ the Global Gathering
You can now apply for the Global Gathering Feira, a 3-day social and networking festival space for digital rights defenders!
EU DisinfoLab 2023 Annual Conference
During those two days, the event will bring together renowned experts from diverse backgrounds, digging into the pressing issues in the disinformation space. By attending this physical forum,...
The FORD FOUNDATION is hiring for Program Officer, Technology and Society
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with visionary people on the front-lines of social change worldwide, guided...
Digital Action is hiring for a Global Campaigns Manager
Digital Action is a globally connected campaigning organisation established in 2019 to protect democracy and human rights from digital threats. We are collaborative campaigners, catalysing movements that will...
Global Disinformation Index is hiring for a Project Manager
Disinformation has become a business. Today’s internet business models reward engagement above all else. These models monetise attention without considering the quality of the content garnering that attention,...
noyb is hiring for a PR manager
Noyb pursues strategic and effective enforcement by thoroughly analyzing and prioritizing privacy violations, identifying the legal weak spots of these cases and litigating them with the best possible...
Tor Project is hiring for a Product Designer
The Tor Project, Inc., nonprofit organization advancing human rights and freedoms by creating and deploying free and open source anonymity and privacy technologies, is seeking a Product Designer...
Amnesty International is hiring for various positions
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by...
Wikimedia Foundation is hiring for various positions
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia and their other free knowledge projects. Wikimedia Foundation wants to make it easier for everyone to share what they...
Access Now is hiring for various positions
Access Now is a growing international human rights organisation dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy,...
Systemic Justice is hiring for various positions
Systemic Justice works to radically transform how the law works for communities fighting for racial, social, and economic justice. Centring affected communities in joint litigation, Systemic Justice will...
Mozilla is hiring for Director of Digital Engagement
Mozilla Foundation is committed to an internet that promotes civil discourse, human dignity, and individual expression. To an internet that catalyzes collaboration among diverse communities working together for...
BEUC is hiring for a Digital Policy Officer
BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, is looking for a digital policy officer to reinforce its Digital Team, in particular on files related to data protection, privacy, the data economy and...
#jesuislà is hiring for various positions
#jesuislà is small French NGO aiming to counter hate speech and disinformation on social media through counter-speech, education, or platform regulation.