Switzerland ready to quit the European Convention on Human Rights?

Some politicians in Switzerland seek popularity by proposing even to quit the European Convention on Human Rights

How this can happen in one of the most wealthiest countries and with one of the oldest constitutions in the world? An answer is populism and political extremism mixed with the tools of direct democracy. The right-wing populist party Swiss People’s Party – SVP intends to remove all obstacles introducing their legislation changes (accepted earlier by referendums) initiated by them even if human rights (the European Convention on Human Rights) would have to fall as victim to it.

Slacktivism, clicktivism, and “real” social change

Like its corollary clicktivism, slacktivism is a term that unites entrenched technosceptics and romantic revolutionaries from a pre-Internet or, more precisely, a pre-social media age as they admonish younger generations for their lack of commitment to “real” social change or willingness to do “what it takes” to make the world around them a better place.

The Case for Anonymity 

Anonymity should be the default and identification a choice in online networks, suggested Robert Bodle in Workshop 146, “Anonymity by Design: Protecting while Connecting”, at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

Bodle is Co-chair of the IRPC and in making the case for online anonymity, asked the audience: If online anonymity is disappearing due to data monitoring and people’s own online behaviour and attitudes, why should anonymity exist in the first place?

The answer to this lies in the value of anonymity as an enabler of broader democratic rights, suggests Bodle.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION – An African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms

The Internet is bringing great things to Africa profoundly changing its infrastructure, society, economy and even politics. Across the continent, there are now critical questions being asked about how the internet environment can be cultivated to best meet the social and economic development needs and goals.
Unfortunately, many political leaders across the continent seem to be learning from or replicating international worst practices in internet policy and practice and, in doing so, are harming this great opportunity.

Combatting Online Surveillance by Simplifying the Message

By Phoebe Yu
A year after Edward Snowden revealed the scale of the NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance, the debate over citizens’ online privacy continues on.

I attended the Don’t Spy on Us Day of Action in London, a daylong symposium discussing the different facets in the debate between upholding digital rights and protecting national security.

For people of my generation who grew up with the Internet, the technology doesn’t intimidate or scare us the way it does for our parents. Back when we shared files using Napster or MySpace, we developed a crude understanding of freedom and democratization through the use of the World Wide Web.