Critical Awareness

  • EFF, ACLU Urge Appeals Court to Revive Challenge to Los Angeles’ Collection of Scooter Location Data
    Lower Court Improperly Dismissed Lawsuit Against Privacy-Invasive Data Collection Practice San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Northern and Southern California today asked a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit they filed on behalf of electric scooter riders challenging the constitutionality of Los Angeles’ highly privacy-invasive collection of detailed trip data and…
  • Philippines: Duterte cannot halt ICC investigation into murderous “war on drugs”
      Responding to news that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still refusing to allow the government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it opts to launch a formal probe into his murderous “war on drugs”, even after the Supreme Court of the Philippines ruled to the contrary, Amnesty International’s Philippines Researcher, Rachel…
  • Belarus: Sweeping closure of dozens of NGOs as the crackdown on civil society continues
    Responding to the news that the Belarusian authorities have dissolved at least 46 human rights and other civil society organizations, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “Today is another dark day that will go down in the history of Belarus. Undeterred, the Belarusian authorities are pushing in their unprecedented and…
  • Tanzania: stop the eviction of the Maasai from Ngorongoro!
    Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is renowned the world over for its wildlife and as the home of the indigenous Maasai people. To promote tourism, the government wants to enlarge the protected area – and evict more than 80,000 people, mostly indigenous Maasai. We cannot accept gross human rights violations under the guise of conservation.
  • Council of Europe’s Actions Belie its Pledges to Involve Civil Society in Development of Cross Border Police Powers Treaty
    As the Council of Europe’s flawed cross border surveillance treaty moves through its final phases of approval, time is running out to ensure cross-border investigations occur with robust privacy and human rights safeguards in place. The innocuously named “Second Additional Protocol” to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Cybercrime Convention seeks to set a new standard…
  • France: Class action lawsuit against ethnic profiling filed over systemic racial discrimination
      France has failed to take necessary steps to prevent and remedy ethnic profiling by the police during identity checks, a form of systemic discrimination, six French and international human rights organizations said today in filing a class action lawsuit against the French state. Antoine Lyon-Caen, a lawyer before France’s Council of State and Court of Cassation,…
  • EU perpetuates forced labor in Libya, Amnesty International reports
    Trigger warning: this article contains references to sexual abuse and suicide. A new report by Amnesty International has strongly condemned the role of the European Union in perpetuating the “abusive” detention and “cycles of human rights violations” of migrants turned away in Europe and sent to Libya. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with 53…
  • Monks Wood Wilderness: 60 years ago, scientists let a farm field rewild – here’s what happened
    Monks Wood Wilderness: 60 years ago, scientists let a farm field rewild – here’s what happened UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Author provided In the archive of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology there is a typed note from the 1960s that planted the seed of an idea. Written by Kenneth Mellanby, director…
  • Czech Republic: Hard won justice for women survivors of unlawful sterilization
      The Czech Senate today finally voted to compensate thousands of Roma women who were unlawfully sterilized by the Czechoslovak and subsequently Czech authorities between 1966 and 2012, following a long campaign for justice by survivors. Barbora Černušáková, Amnesty International’s researcher on the Czech Republic, said: “Thousands of women, the majority of whom were Roma,…
  • Angola: Millions facing hunger, as thousands flee their homes as drought ravages the south of Angola
    Millions of people in southern Angola are facing an existential threat as drought aggravated by climate change continues to ravage the region, Amnesty International said today. The organization highlighted how the creation of commercial cattle ranches on community land has driven  pastoralist communities from their land since the end of the civil war in 2002…
  • What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats?
    What is the National Food Strategy and how could it change the way England eats? Bibiphoto/Shutterstock Reforming England’s food system could save the country £126 billion, according to a recent government-commissioned report. The National Food Strategy, led by British businessman Henry Dimbleby, proposes a raft of measures to shake up how food is produced and…
  • Chile: Amnesty International demands investigations into Carabineros’ former and current Director Generals for human rights violations
    Amnesty International published a new video today calling on the Chilean National Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the high command of the Carabineros, specifically the former Director General and the current Director General, for widespread human rights violations committed during the period of social unrest that began in October 2019. Given the imminent closure of the…
  • 1,000 survivors in the U.K. gain financial independence thanks to HSBC
    HSBC U.K. continues to provide a model to other banking institutions with its trafficking survivor services or ‘Survivor Bank’. Launched in 2019, this service allows survivors to open an account without the need for photo ID or proof of address which are documents that many survivors lack. Rather than provide this paperwork, the bank works…
  • Cheers to the Winners of EFF's 13th Annual Cyberlaw Trivia Night
    On June 17th, the best legal minds in the Bay Area gathered together for a night filled with tech law trivia—but there was a twist! With in-person events still on the horizon, EFF’s 13th Annual Cyberlaw Trivia Night moved to a new browser-based virtual space, custom built in Gather. This 2D environment allowed guests to…
  • India’s Draconian Rules for Internet Platforms Threaten User Privacy and Undermine Encryption
    The Indian government’s new Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code (“2021 Rules”) pose huge problems for free expression and Internet users’ privacy. They include dangerous requirements for platforms to identify the origins of messages and pre-screen content, which fundamentally breaks strong encryption for messaging tools. Though WhatsApp and others are challenging the rules in…
  • Final Days: Connect to a Brighter Internet ☀️
    We’ve added one more day to EFF’s summer membership drive! Over 900 supporters have answered the call to get the internet right by defending privacy, free speech, and innovation. It’s possible if you’re with us. Will you join EFF? Through Wednesday, anyone can join EFF or renew their membership for as little as $20 and…
  • Hungary: The government must provide a meaningful response to the Pegasus scandal
    Hungarian journalism non-profit Direkt36 today published a major investigation into the use of NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware in Hungary, revealing that the phones of more than 300 Hungarian nationals were identified as possible targets for infection. Experts from Amnesty International were able to confirm several cases where the spyware was successfully installed. The revelations…
  • Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means
    Extreme heat warning: what first-ever Met Office alert means Summer 2021 will mark a turning point in how heat is seen by the public and communicated by experts. For the first time in its 167-year history, the UK’s Met Office has issued an amber warning for extreme heat for much of Wales and parts of…
  • When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky
    When an ancient volcanic ‘supereruption’ caused sudden cooling, early humans got lucky The Toba eruption left behind a 100km long lake where the volcano had once been. Clive Oppenheimer, Author provided Around 74,000 years ago, a “supereruption” on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, blasted out an estimated 5,000 cubic kilometres of magma. This was the…
  • Pegasus Project: Macron among world leaders selected as potential targets of NSO spyware
    New evidence uncovered by the Pegasus Project has revealed that the phone numbers for 14 heads of state, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as hundreds of government officials, were selected as people of interest by clients of spyware company NSO Group.   Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard said:  “The unprecedented revelation that the phones of at least fourteen heads of state may…
  • Pegasus Project: Apple iPhones compromised by NSO spyware
    New evidence uncovered by Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories has revealed a massive wave of attacks by cyber surveillance company NSO Group’s customers on iPhones, potentially affecting thousands of Apple users worldwide.     Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech Danna Ingleton said:   “Apple prides itself on its security and privacy features, but NSO Group has ripped these apart.…
  • EFF to Ninth Circuit: Recent Supreme Court Decision in Van Buren Does Not Criminalize Web Scraping
    In an amicus brief filed Friday, EFF and the Internet Archive argued to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Van Buren v. United States shows that the federal computer crime law does not criminalize the common and useful practice of scraping publicly available information on the internet. The case,…
  • Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry
    Space tourism: rockets emit 100 times more CO₂ per passenger than flights – imagine a whole industry The commercial race to get tourists to space is heating up between Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. On Sunday 11 July, Branson ascended 80 km to reach the edge of space…
  • What’s wrong with India’s new anti-trafficking bill
    India’s government has tabled a new anti-trafficking bill – an effort over two years in the making. But the rushed public consultation process and approach to sex work is facing intense criticism. At the end of June, the government introduced its Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection, and Rehabilitation) Bill, giving a time period of…
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