EDRi-gram, 9 March 2022

In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we voice the call of 72 civil society organisations to abolish manipulative dark patterns and creepy online ads. We are also urging the international community to provide the necessary support to Ukraine and its human rights defenders to ensure that people are protected from cyber threats.

By EDRi · March 9, 2022



Defend yourself during a protest

EDRi member, EFF

Now, more than ever, citizens must be able to hold those in power accountable and inspire others through the act of protest. Protecting your electronic devices and digital assets before, during, and after a protest is vital to keeping yourself and your information safe, as well as getting your message out. Theft, damage, confiscation, or forced deletion of media can disrupt your ability to publish your experiences. At the same time, those engaging in protest may be subject to search or arrest, or have their movements and associations mapped. They could become targets of surveillance and repression. Print, fold, carry and follow the guide next time you head to a protest.


Stop biometric mass surveillance in Switzerland

Amnesty InternationalAlgorithm Watch CH and Digitale Gesellschaft CH

The use of facial recognition systems is currently spreading rapidly
in Europe. Although biometric data are among the personal data requiring special protection, there is no explicit ban against the use of facial recognition systems in Switzerland. Amnesty International, AlgorithmWatch CH and Digitale Gesellschaft CH have launched a petition calling for a ban on automatic facial recognition and other biometric surveillance systems in public spaces, supported by the European movement Reclaim Your Face. Sign the petition now!


Internet Governance Forum 2021

Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome, the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other. Watch IGF 2021.


Security and the Left: Focus on Digitalisation


Boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic the digitalization of our lives has accelerated rapidly. While it provides solutions to challenges of our times and it has become part of EU states’ response to the pandemic, the risks and threats to fundamental rights, such as privacy and the right not to be discriminated against are present and not to be overseen. Join EDRi’s Policy Advisor Ella Jakubowska to learn more. Listen now.