Democracy

Digital Fortress Europe #1: The ecosystem of European biometric monitoring and surveillance data 

Thursday 28 April 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

A description of the main systems in use in Europe to manage the mobility of people across Europe's borders and across its countries, with a focus on current mechanisms that can be improved.


Hungarian prisons still take an austere approach 

Thursday 31 March 2022 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The Hungarian prison system has undergone a significant transformation in recent years: prison capacity has been expanded and institutions have been modernised. But imprisonment is only one form of punishment.


A conversation on surveillance in journalism 

Tuesday 22 March 2022 | Dimitri Bettoni
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

From the Pegasus spyware investigation to mass surveillance: a dialogue with researcher Philip Di Salvo to understand the impact of new technologies for all those involved in journalism and beyond.


Power imbalances and freedom of consent in migration management 

Thursday 28 April 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The collection of personal information, including biometric and ethnicity data, is being used as a standard tool in migration management. The notion of consent is often disregarded, which is particularly problematic when minority and vulnerable groups are concerned.


Russia wants your data: cyber attacks are growing in the European Union 

Tuesday 08 March 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

The shadow of Russia has always loomed over the internet, but the pandemic, which moved citizen’s lives into the digital sphere, saw a rise in security breaches within European businesses and institutions. Cyber attacks against key European sectors doubled in 2020. Although Brussels is working to plug the gaps, the invasion of Ukraine threatens to intensify the cyber war.


The impact of Covid-19 on prisons in Hungary 

Thursday 20 January 2022 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Football, the gym, personal visits, all came to an abrupt end in Hungarian prisons as the coronavirus outbreak hit. Since then, prisoners and relatives have taken to Skype. The lack of face-to-face meetings has been offset by the fact that the great majority of prisoners have been vaccinated.


Anti-Covid measures in Italian and European prisons 

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Openpolis

Cramped, often unhygienic, and already characterised by numerous restrictions, many prisons in Europe were hit hard by the pandemic. In Italy, where prison facilities are among the most overcrowded in the EU, the pandemic aggravated a number of preexisting systemic problems.


Covid and prisons in France: interview with Dominique Simonnot 

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Alternatives Economiques

"The epidemic has been contained at the cost of enormous sacrifices for France’s prison population", says Dominique Simonnot, French chief prisons inspector.


EU Track and Trace: the €100m failure 

Wednesday 05 January 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

Despite European hopes being invested in the technology, contact tracing apps have only succeeded in tracking 5% of registered cases since they were introduced in the EU. The lack of public confidence in the scheme has proven to be an insurmountable hurdle.


Prisons contained the pandemic at the expense of human rights 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Adrian Burtin
| Voxeurop

In many European countries, containing the spread of Covid-19 has come at the price of human rights. European prisoners have had to endure extended isolation, suspended visiting hours, and the cancellation of training and recreational activities.