EDRi-gram, 4 May 2022
In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we urge the European Parliament to vote down the expansion of Europol's powers to prevent the enabling of mass surveillance. We also explore what could go wrong when a billionaire decides to buy one of the largest social media platforms. Join us in celebrating the success of EDRi member Defesa dos Direitos Digitais who got the Portuguese Constitutional Court to declare the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law.
Europol’s new powers will enable Big Data analysis and mass surveillance. We say NO!
The European Parliament is soon to vote on the new Europol reform which aims to expand the law enforcement agency’s powers without any accountability and with as few...
Threat to the protection of personal data in Belgium: European civil society is concerned
EDRi, alongisde multiple civil society organisations, is the signatory of an open letter addressed to the Belgian Parliament, demanding better enforcement of the European data protection rules and...
Putting the brakes on Big Tech’s uncontrolled power
Will 2022 go down as the year the EU tamed Big Tech? In the very early morning hours of Saturday, 23 April, after 16 hours of final negotiations,...
Portugal: Constitutional Court strikes data retention down
On 19 April 2022, at the request of the Ombudsperson, the Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law.
Post-Brexit data protection laws are coming, and we should all be concerned about it
The UK Government are expected to reveal their Post-Brexit data protection bill on 10 May. They are proposing a framework that frames personal data in terms of economic...
Twitter Has a New Owner. Here’s What He Should Do
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter highlights the risks to human rights and personal safety when any single person has complete control over policies affecting almost 400 million users....
When the political party votes for you: Can we have a fair election with surveillance political advertising?
A new regulation on online advertising was proposed last December to address political ads, which identifies in one definition, two techniques to deliver political ads: targeting and amplification....
Irish DPC burns taxpayer money over delay cases
Irish DPC to pay tens of thousands in legal costs over 47 months delay in cases against WhatsApp and Instagram
Civil society reacts to European Parliament AI Act draft Report
This joint statement evaluates how far the IMCO-LIBE draft Report on the EU’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, released 20th April 2022, addresses civil society's recommendations. We call on...
Copyright: European Court of Justice strictly limits the use of upload filters
“Today’s ruling sets an important precedent for the protection of freedom of expression online. Nevertheless, it does not go far enough. The European Court of Justice does not...
Elon Musk buying Twitter. What could possibly go wrong?
A new chapter of the surveillance capitalism saga happened just three days after the EU members adopted the final agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA). The board of directors of Twitter...
“E-evidence” negotiations: European Parliament must stand its grounds
The European Parliament and the Council have tremendous difficulties to agree on the issue of cross-border access to data by national law enforcement authorities. While the Parliament is...
What happens next with upload filters in the EU after the CJEU copyright ruling
On 26 April, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgement on one of the most relevant cases for freedom of expression in recent years:...
Internal documents revealed the worst for private communications in the EU; how will the Commissioners respond?
EDRi, Europe's biggest network for rights and freedoms across Europe and beyond, urge the European Commission to not put forward a CSAM proposal that would undermine the CJEU...
The European Parliament must go further to empower people in the AI act
Today, 21 April, POLITICO Europe published a leak of the much-anticipated draft report on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act proposal. The draft report has taken important steps towards...
EU negotiators approve good DSA, but more work is needed to build a better internet
Friday night’s political agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA) is a good first step towards protecting people’s rights on the internet and to some extent limiting the...
NSO Group: Civil society’s battle against government hacking
EDRi member Privacy International
As #CatalanGate surfaced, more eyes turned towards NSO Group – a tech firm that sells a hacking capability to governments around the world – which is the supplier of Pegasus, the spyware used in spying the phones of 65 politicians and activists from Catalonia. Listen to learn more about the #CatalanGate scandal.
ChatControl: what is it & why you should care
EDRi members Digitale Gessellschaft, Digitalcourage & CCC
The CSAM draft regulation might force us to witness the erosion of end-to-end encryption as we know it. Find out how that can happen from EDRi members Digitale Gessellschaft, Digitalcourage & CCC’s comprehensive video on the CSAM proposal. Watch it dubbed in English.
Facebook Pixel Hunt
In a collaboration between journalists at the Markup and Mozilla researchers, the Facebook Pixel Hunt is a study that seeks to map Facebook’s pixel tracking network and understand the kinds of information it collects on sites across the web. Learn more about the study.
What does building an intersectional feminist internet look like?
Nani Jansen Reventlow
“Should we keep “tweaking” and “fixing” the internet, or is it time to radically reimagine our societies and reevaluate how the internet can serve all of us? “ Enjoy Human Rights Lawyer Nani Reventlow’s talk at State of the Internet 2022: Operation Re-boot on the future of the cyberspace, read it here.
Splinternet – the breaking of the Internet
What conseqences would the splinternet have on our digital culture, freedom of expression and other human rights? How do we fight against it on a local and on...
How are digital rights and reproductive rights connected?
What happens when governments block access to websites with sexual and reproductive health information?
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...
Stopping SLAPPs: legal threats to media freedom and what the UK should do to prevent them
Organised by the Foreign Policy Centre and ARTICLE 19, this event will bring together affected journalists, media defence lawyers and civil society to explore both the impact of...
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...
360/Open Summit: Contested Realities | Connected Futures
The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) presents the fifth annual 360/Open Summit on June 6 and 7 at the Square, in-person in Brussels and online around...
EDMO 2022 Annual Conference: Save the date
Mark your calendar: EDMO 2022 Annual Conference will take place in Brussels on 13 and 14 June. Join us for two days of live interaction to discover and...
Colour of Surveillance Europe Conference
The European Colour of Surveillance Europe Conference is happening on 15-16 September 2022. The event organised by European Digital Rights in partnership with Bits of Freedom, Controle Alt...
Android/Python contractors for the Guardian Project
Guardian Project is seeking Android/Python contractors for mobile/free software/privacy work!
Associate Director of Institutional Support vacancy at EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an established San Francisco-based nonprofit organization defending online privacy and free expression, is looking for a full-time Associate Director of Institutional Support to...
Policy Officer vacancy at European Coalition for Corporate Justice
ECCJ is looking for a Policy Officer to work on mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence and corporate liability, and other related legislative files
Senior Associate Data Protection vacancy at AWO
The role primarily involves delivering data protection services to clients from a range of sectors, including but not limited to commercial clients, non-profit organisations and international humanitarian actors.
Job Opportunities at EngageMedia
EngageMedia is looking for a new Executive Director.
AlgorithmWatch is hiring for several positions
Join AlgorithmWatch as a Freelancer.
Job openings at Epicenter.Works
EDRi member epicenter.works has openings for volunteer web developer, and graphic designer positions.
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.
Vacancies at Ripe NCC
The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit organisation hiring for multiple positions.
Data Protection Analyst vacancy
Catholic Relief Services is looking for a Data Protection Analyst.
Policy Manager vacancy and Forum on Information & Democracy
As part of its activities, the Forum is looking for a Policy Manager.
Program Manager at Limelight Foundation
Limelight Foundation is looking for a program manager.
Head of Communications vacacy at Systemic Justice
Systemic Justice is looking for a Head of Communications to help us radically transform how the law works for communities fighting for racial, social, and economic justice.
W@ Mentoring Programme – 2022
A cross-organisation mentoring scheme for women professionals. Female mentees are matched with mentors who work in a complementary discipline of the profession (eg in-house lawyer with private...
The International Center for Not-For-Profit-Law is offering multiple grants
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law works to build an enabling legal environment for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation around the world. Occasionally, they offer grants to...
Global Lead of Digital Research vacancy at International Comms Hub Incubator
The Global Lead of Digital Research of FICH will be responsible for carrying out research based on digital platforms and (social) media data.
Center for Constitutional Rights is looking for a Technology Manager
The Technology Manager will manage and help develop the technology infrastructure of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Latin America and the Caribbean Coordinator vacancy at A4AI
The A4AI team is looking for a LAC Coordinator that will lead and strengthen their strategic partnerships, profile and influence in the LAC region, and leverage these relationships...
Call for fellow & Assistant Director, Technology Policy, Research, and Advocacy vacancy at ADL
ADL is looking for a key member of the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) team & a Tech & Society Research Fellow: Hate & Disinformation Online
Consultancy on the tech- and data-driven measures deployed to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 and their impact on fundamental rights and freedoms
PI has an ongoing project to take stock of developments that unfolded since a pandemic was announced in March 2020 and to critically reflect on tech solutionism and...
Responsible Data Lead vacancy at Simprints
This role is a critical role at Simprints - a social enterprise working at the intersection of tech and the global health and international development ecosystems - which...
ANEC is looking for a technical expert on Artificial Intelligence standardisation
ANEC is looking for an expert to represent consumers in the standardisation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to help strengthen our advocacy on technology. The expert will...
Policy and Campaigns Officer vacancy at Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship is a nonprofit organisation that campaigns for and defends freedom of expression worldwide and is looking for a Policy and Campaigns Officer.
Vacancies at Ada Lovelace Institute
The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) is hiring a Senior Researcher (Public sector use of data and algorithms), Visiting Senior Researcher (Gender and AI), Visiting Senior Researcher (Climate and...