Digital rights

COVID-19 has served as the pretext for widespread surveillance 

Wednesday 29 July 2020 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Mass data collection, geo-location tracking and facial recognition have become normalised in the climate of widespread fear of contagion. Yet these threats to privacy, liberty and democracy will only deepen with the imposition of contact tracing apps.


Young men taking a selfie in swimwear

Undress or fail: Instagram's algorithm strong-arms users into showing skin  Large investigation

Wednesday 17 June 2020 | Nicolas Kayser-Bril
Judith Duportail
Kira Schacht
Édouard Richard
| Algorithm Watch

An exclusive investigation reveals that Instagram prioritizes photos of scantily-clad men and women, shaping the behavior of content creators and the worldview of 140 millions Europeans in what remains a blind spot of EU regulations.


Not just apps: privacy, personal data and COVID-19 in the western Balkans 

Monday 18 May 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.


Focus: coronavirus and fundamental rights 

Thursday 30 April 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Our thematic focus this month is entirely on the legal and democratic challenges that the pandemic is posing to our societies. In particular, we look at how fundamental rights may be threatened by some emergency measures that are adopted or discussed in Europe. 


The risks posed by 5-G driven smart cities   in depth

Sunday 13 October 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

The 5G networks that are being deployed all around Europe can provide inhabitants of cities with sustainable living, reduced traffic and stringent security, but the technology can also determine a slippery slope towards mass surveillance.


Copyright reform: the forthcoming EU directive we'll all be worrying about in a few years time

Wednesday 13 June 2018 | Giorgio Comai
| OBC Transeuropa

On June 20, the Legal Affairs committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposed directive for Copyright reform. Sounds obscure? It is actually a hotly debated topic: the new directive may well shape how the internet will look like in a few years, among other things changing how linking and uploading of contents works.


Is Chinese A.I. Bluffing its Way into Europe?   in depth

Thursday 03 October 2019 | Vincent Lorin
| VoxEurop

Locked for years in digital alienation, the EU has set a new standard on data protection and privacy, wrestling back some control from Silicon Valley. But with the coming of age of AI-based applications, Chinese firms strive in turn for a piece of the colony. 


Public enterprises will have to open up their data

Friday 01 February 2019 | Gina Pavone
| OBC Transeuropa

New European legislation will significantly increase the accessibility of data produced with public finances: therefore, data produced by public enterprises, i.e. companies which provide essential services such as public transport to many cities.


Are European data watchdogs prepared for GDPR?  in depth

Wednesday 23 May 2018 | Nikolaj Nielsen
Peter Teffer
Carmen Aguilar
| VoxEurop
EUobserver

European data protection authorities are conducting profoundly different recruitment policies to enforce the EU's upcoming new privacy rules.


Europe still digitally divided 

Friday 29 September 2017 | VoxEurop

Europeans are more and more connected to internet, but there still are huge gaps between regions and countries