digital rights

The term digital rights describes the human rights that allow individuals to access, use, create, and publish digital media or to access and use computers, other electronic devices, or communications networks. The term is particularly related to the protection and realization of existing rights, such as the right to privacy or freedom of expression, in the context of new digital technologies, especially the Internet. Internet access is recognised as a right by the laws of several countries.

 

Larisa Blazic is a London-based artist, feminist hacker and educator. She is currently artist in residence at the DECODE project.

 

The European Parliament has voted in favour of the new Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation.

 

The Dutch Privacy Awards were presented during the National Privacy Conference, with an incentive award for PublicSpaces.

 

Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York City formally launched the 'Cities Coalition for Digital Rights' protecting citizens digital rights.

 

In het Digital Identity Lab Waag is exploring, researching and testing new ways of digital identity concept and tools.

 

The Tada manifest forms the foundation of the new digital policy of the City of Amsterdam. Waag was one of the initiators and contributors.

 

After WhatsApp implemented their groundbreaking default end-to-end encryption, it a took politicians, right wing opinion makers and likeminded NGO’s some time to get their act together. Hadn’t Snowden and his likes clearly demonstrated that mass surveillance on an unparalleled scale is real, and had not the public’s response been to condemn it?

 

The first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in Ukraine was organized by TechSoup Europe, Fundament and the Civil Network OPORA.

 

The Identity Matters conference was a success with more than hundred visitors, nineteen speakers and eight urban visits throughout Amsterdam. In case you weren’t there, here are some insights into the keynotes and conversations.

 

Hans Schnitzler, philosopher and author of 'Het digitale Proletariaa't, shares the Dutch column he presented at the Facebook Farewell Party.

 

Een nieuwe interactieve censuurkaart van IVPN geeft een overzicht van de wereldwijde situatie. Door op een land te klikken krijg je snel inzicht waar de vrije meningsuiting online in het geding is en waar critici de mond wordt gesnoerd.

 

The Dutch secret services AIVD and MIVD can exchange telecommunication data with the American security service NSA. This court decision was taken on 23 July 2014 in a case against the State by a initiative called 'Burgers tegen Plasterk' (Citizens against Plasterk).

 

In an article in the Dutch newspaper nrc•next on March 18 maart by Laura Wismans, Marleen Stikker speaks about the initiative 'Let's fix the internet' in The Netherlands.

 

The Dutch Public transport chip card that turns into a bank card or mobile phone that allows you to pay afterwards (and collects all your travel data along the way), or the data of UK patients being uploaded to the servers of Google. Not a single day passes or there are topics in the field of technology that touch our privacy.

 

The Circle follows 24-year-old Mae Holland, a graduate of Minnesota’s elite Carleton College, who lands a job at the “most influential company in the world” thanks to her old roommate and friend, Annie – an influential Circler in the company’s elite “Gang of 40”.

 

3-02-2014

Digital Peace

Digital peace, shouldn't that be a basic right? A better and more social internet - a big discussion here internally - where should the revolution take place, how do we take a stand? Big questions that can remain quite abstract for a long time. But not if we can help it. Because Waag is the result of a collaboration of artists, hackers and researchers - all in their hearts doers and makers.

 

The public Internet became 20 years old on Wednesday January 15. On that same day in 1994, De Digitale Stad (Digital City) opened its doors in Amsterdam. It’s time for a moment of reflection.

 

The Dutch privacy watchdog (CBP) has published the results of a long term research on Google. The conclusion is: Google’s privacy policy violates Dutch privacy law on a number of important sections, states the digital rights movement Bits of Freedom.

 

Almost everyone who is online knows the problem: before you know it you will have dozens of online accounts - but how to get rid of them?

 

Bits of Freedom, Waag, Netwerk Democratie, Open State Foundation and Kennisland organized a Masterclass Netpolitics in 2013.

 

Dutch author Kluun has blacked out his website. Why? Because the author used random pictures.