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 […]

New on CYRILLA: Online freedom of expression cases from around the world

CYRILLA has now uploaded 383 additional online freedom of expression cases. The cases were collected by Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University (CGFE), which is a member of the CYRILLA Collaborative. As part of their work, CGFE maintains the Global Database of Freedom of Expression Law, which includes an Arabic-language version recently launched at […]

Case Recap: The Kashmir Internet Shutdown

On August 4 2019, the government of Kashmir shut down mobile networks and internet services in the disputed territory. The next day, the President of India revoked the region’s semiautonomous status. Anticipating unrest, India deployed thousands of army personnel, restricted movement within and across borders, and launched what would be the longest internet shutdown in […]

November Roundup: Freedom on the net?

Our monthly roundup highlights trends in digital rights law from around the world. In November, Freedom House released its annual Freedom on the Net report, which revealed an overall decline in internet freedoms for a 9th consecutive year. This is consistent with news coming out of China, Spain, Lebanon, and Sweden, where governments have cracked […]

Tools to Understand the Legal Aspects of the ICT Ecosystem: the CYRILLA Collaborative and the CLFR

As rapid developments in technology revolutionize our interactions with each other and the world, established fundamental rights, like freedom of expression and privacy, take on different, but no less significant, characters in the digital realm: censorship can be a simple social media policy, and surveillance has traded in binoculars for browser cookies. It’s imperative that […]

CYRILLA at FIFAfrica 2019

In September, the sixth Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) was hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Malcolm Kijirah and Jackie Akello from CYRILLA partner, the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), were in attendance to discuss and share views on digital rights and internet freedom in Africa, and to build contacts […]