CYRILLA Applied Research and Advocacy Grants: Meet our Recipients!

In April, we announced that we were accepting proposals for our CYRILLA Applied Research and Advocacy grants — we received over 50 submissions from both organizations and individuals across the world. After a  competitive selection process, we’re pleased to announce our five grant recipients! It was important that we support a wide, diverse range of […]

Don’t @ Me, @ My Lawyer: The Rappler Case

Don’t @ Me, @ My Lawyer is where we dive into the legal nuances of the latest digital rights stories. Press freedom in the Philippines was put on trial in the case of Maria Ressa, executive editor and CEO of investigative news website, Rappler. Ressa and former Rappler writer, Reynaldo Santos Jr., were convicted of cyberlibel […]

#DigitalLawsAsia

On Monday, former CNN journalist, Maria Ressa, was convicted of “cyber libel” by a court in the Philippines. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler – a news website that has frequently investigated and critically reported on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has referred to the site as “fake news”. The conviction has […]

How to Find Digital Rights Laws on CYRILLA

CYRILLA is an open database of digital rights law from around the world. We document legislation, cases and analyses that concern various digital rights issues, and have tailored the database to support research and advocacy efforts. To compliment the launch of our new homepage, we’ve put together a video demonstrating the ways in which you […]

Monthly Roundup: April 2020

With restrictions on movements and gatherings, much of the world has been using technology to work and learn (and watch Netflix) from home during the last month. Governments have also been deploying digital tools in their responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for this monthly roundup, we take a look at some of those that […]

Call for Proposals: CYRILLA Applied Research and Advocacy Grants

Contact Grant Baker, CYRILLA Project Director (grant[at]smex.org) Background  The CYRILLA Collaborative will be awarding 5 grants of $5,000 to organizations and individuals to pilot small-scale applied research, journalistic, or advocacy initiatives committed to expanding the knowledge on digital rights legislation and case law. The CYRILLA Collaborative is particularly interested in applications from individuals or organizations […]

A Look at South Africa’s Covid-19 Disinformation Regulations

Countries across the world have been implementing drastic measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and South Africa has followed suit by criminalizing disinformation related to COVID-19 during the “national state of disaster” – declared on March 15, 2020. The accompanying Disaster Management Regulations impose fines or imprisonment of up to 6 months […]

Job Opportunity: External Project Evaluator

Terms of Reference:  External Project Evaluator, CYRILLA Timeline: March to April 2019 Contact: Grant Baker, CYRILLA Project Director (collaborative@cyrilla.org) SMEX is seeking a consultant to perform an external midterm evaluation for a two-year program. The consultant will have experience with monitoring and evaluation, and program assessment for digital rights and internet freedom-related projects, or, alternatively, […]

Glenn Greenwald and the Fight for Press Freedom in Brazil

The constitutional protections for press freedom are being challenged in Brazil. Last month, federal prosecutors in Brazil filed charges against US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, for cybercrimes. Greenwald, the journalist who published Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks, and one of the founders of news site, The Intercept, has a history of exposing government corruption and criticizing President […]