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Saturday, 7 August, 2021 - 14:32

State surveillance of citizens extends far beyond Pegasus spyware, the software developed by the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group. There is a multi-million-pound global market in which companies compete to profit from helping states to illegally spy on their own citizens.

 

Rightly there has been shock and outrage globally as citizens learn that their governments are buying Israeli malware to hack the mobile phones of political opponents, judges and journalists. But the revelations have not come as a surprise to the members of the African Digital Rights Network (ADRN), who earlier this year discovered disturbing examples of surveillance technologies being used by the state against its citizens in every one of the ten countries in Africa we studied.

 

Citizens in every country are guaranteed the right to private communication in their constitutions, domestic laws, and in international conventions that their government has signed up to. The use of bulk interception and mass surveillance technologies, scanning mobile phone messages, hacking encrypted communications, and intercepting internet traffic in attempts to close down civic space and suppress opposition, is a clear breach of these rights. Yet, governments routinely sign...

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There's an interesting discussion going on within the civic-tech community about the lack of a common language for discussing the hugely diverse ways in which citizens are using technology to foster social change.

All ICT4D is Political

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Lyon Declaration on ICT4D

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Keepod: a positive critique

Last week I got a call from mobile technology expert, and BBC Technology journalist Dan Simmons asking me to comment on the new keepod, an initiative that recently raised $40,000 on the Indigogo crowd-funding platform for their programme in Mathere, Nairobi.

Better Participatory Video Practice

I thought I had died and gone to PV heaven ...

 

ICT4D is Dead! Long Live ICT4D!

In a previous post I pushed back against James BonTempo's claim to have charted “The Slow Death of ICT4D”

ICT4D Masters Degrees Worldwide

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Death of ICT4D 'Greatly Exaggerated'

Upon reading his own obituary in the New York Times, Mark Twain famously declared that, "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!".

 

Top ICT4D Conferences of 2014

As everyone is making preparations for the final ICT4D conference of the year ICTD2013 in Cape Town I though I would have a first hack at putting together an calendar of ICT4D conferences scheduled for 2014. 
 

A People-Centred Theory of Change for ICT4D?

In a previous post I suggested that a starting-point for a theory of change for (open) ICT4D might be, 'the application of human agency + human knowledge + (open) technology to solve human problems

A Theory of Change for ICT4D

Duncan Edwards posted a great piece last week entitled "The revolution will NOT be Open Data" in which he riffs on Gil Scott-Heron's critically-conscious lyrics.

ICT for Social Justice: hype debunked!

This week's 'ICT for Social Justice' event at Google Campus London was fascinating for a number of reasons: cool tech, debunked hype & geek critique.

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