New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check

first_img RSF_en World leaders must commit to keeping invasive surveillance systems and technologies out of the hands of dictators and oppressive regimes, said a new global coalition of human rights organizations as it launched today in Brussels. The Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports (CAUSE) – which includes Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, Privacy International, and Reporters without Borders – aims to hold governments and private companies accountable for abuses linked to the US$5 billion and growing international trade in communication surveillance technologies. Governments are increasingly using spying software, equipment, and related tools to violate the right to privacy and a host of other human rights. “These technologies enable regimes to crush dissent or criticism, chill free speech and destroy fundamental rights. The CAUSE coalition has documented cases where communication surveillance technologies have been used, not only to spy on people’s private lives, but also to assist governments to imprison and torture their critics,” said Ara Marcen Naval at Amnesty International. “Through a growing body of evidence it’s clear to see how widely these surveillance technologies are used by repressive regimes to ride roughshod over individuals’ rights. The unchecked development, sale and export of these technologies is not justifiable. Governments must swiftly take action to prevent these technologies spreading into dangerous hands” said Kenneth Page at Privacy International. In an open letter published today on the CAUSE website, (http://www.globalcause.net) the groups express alarm at the virtually unregulated global trade in communications surveillance equipment.The website details the various communication surveillance technologies that have been made and supplied by private companies and also highlights the countries where these companies are based. It shows these technologies have been found in a range of countries such as Bahrain, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Morocco, Turkmenistan, UAE, and many more. “Nobody is immune to the danger communication surveillance technologies poses to individual privacy and a host of other human rights. And those who watch today, will be watched tomorrow” sadi Karim Lahidji, FIDH President. “The CAUSE has been created to call for responsible regulation of the trade and to put an end to the abuses it enables” he added.Although a number of governments are now beginning to discuss how to restrict this trade, concerns remain. Without sustained international pressure on governments to establish robust comprehensive controls on the trade based on international human rights standards, the burgeoning proliferation of this intrusive technology will continue – fuelling even further abuses.“There is a unique opportunity for governments to address this problem now and to update their regulations to align with technological developments” said Tim Maurer at New America’s Open Technology Institute.“More and more journalists, netizens and dissidents are ending up in prison after their online communications are intercepted. The adoption of a legal framework that protects online freedoms is essential, both as regards the overall issue of Internet surveillance and the particular problem of firms that export surveillance products,” said Grégoire Pouget at Reporters Without Borders.“We have seen the devastating impact these technologies have on the lives of individuals and the functioning of civil society groups. Inaction will further embolden blatantly irresponsible surveillance traders and security agencies, thus normalizing arbitrary state surveillance. We urge governments to come together and take responsible action fast,” said Wenzel Michalski at Human Rights Watch. The technologies include malware that allows surreptitious data extraction from personal devices; tools that are used to intercept telecommunications traffic; spygear used to geolocate mobile phones; monitoring centres that allow authorities to track entire populations; anonymous listening and camera spying on computers and mobile phones; and devices used to tap undersea fibre optic cables to enable mass internet monitoring and filtering. “As members of the CAUSE coalition, we’re calling on governments to take immediate action to stop the proliferation of this dangerous technology and ensure the trade is effectively controlled and made fully transparent and accountable” said Volker Tripp at Digitale Gesellschaft. NGOs in CAUSE have researched how such technologies end up in the hands of security agencies with appalling human rights records, where they enable security agents to arbitrarily target journalists, protesters, civil society groups, political opponents and others.Cases documented by coalition members have included: -* German surveillance technology being used to assist torture in Bahrain;-* Malware made in Italy helping the Moroccan and UAE authorities to clamp down on free speech and imprison critics; -* European companies exporting surveillance software to the government of Turkmenistan, a country notorious for violent repression of dissent. -* Surveillance technologies used internally in Ethiopia as well as to target the Ethiopian diaspora in Europe and the United States. News Organisation center_img April 4, 2014 – Updated on January 25, 2016 New global coalition urges governments to keep surveillance technologies in check NOTES TO EDITORS:-# The CAUSE coalition already has a global reach and will continue to expand. CAUSE is currently led by the following groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, Privacy International, Reporters Without Borders, Digitale Gesellschaft and the New America Foundations’ Open Technology Institute .-# The right to privacy is enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: _ Anne-Charlotte Chéron_ [email protected]_ 01 44 83 84 56 Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Get in the driving seat

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. As an interim manager, it is you who steers your career. So take control andgear up to beat the competition Recent developments in interim management point to a strengthening sectorand a resource that is right for the times, with its promise of immediacy andflexibility. So if it’s such a great idea, why is there not more of it? Research carried out over the past few years by Russam GMS suggests that themarket is worth about £500m, with about 500,000 interim managers in play.Average daily rates at the end of last year were £511 and about 30 per cent ofthe market is part time (anything less than five days a week on a continuingbasis). The difficulty is that organised intermediary activity (that of interimagencies) is responsible for finding work for only about 20 per cent of themarket. And if the agencies can’t find the volume of work the growing number ofinterims want, you have to find it for yourself. Not easy. One route is this: define your ‘product’. Get the assignments and be good atwhat you do. Easier said than done, you might think. So, how do you start?Let’s think about the Serious Small Business model (SSB). In the beginning you had executives and you had agencies. When an agency gota brief, it dipped into its pond and fished someone out. At one end of thescale is the IM, who sits at home waiting for the phone to ring, at the otherend is the exec running a serious small business which, like any business, hasall the functions and levels of activity necessary to succeed. These shouldcomprise: – Business planning and strategy – Marketing – Selling – Accounting and Financial and Personal Financial Management – IT – HR and legislation – Operations If you want to be successful as an interim manager, you need to be incontrol: you need to make the running. Being in control means: – Constantly looking outwards for opportunities – Making new contacts all the time and exploring how mutual benefits mightbe created – Continuously learning new things about your own professional ‘product’ –relearning things you know already and practising what you know (if you thinkyou know enough, it’s time to give up) – Regularly find out what people really think about you. If you’re barkingup the wrong professional tree or clinging to the wrong professional wreckage,how would you find out? Who would tell you? – Developing some support activities out of your networking that you canwork with during downtimes (for example, selling software, writing a book orarticles, lecturing, charity work. What about another go at a dotcom or M&Afringe work?) – Find interim management providers who you can treat as ‘partners’ Today’s professional services market is overcrowded and getting more so.Those who want to be successful need a new vision. Paradoxically, the bestanswers are the oldest: create a ‘product’ that someone, somewhere wants, knowhow to sell it, work harder than others at selling it and strive to be good atwhat you do. By Charles Russam, chairman of Russam GMS, a leading interim managerprovider, and was a joint founder of ATIES, now renamed the Interim ManagementAssociation Get in the driving seatOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more