New Report: Data Protection and Privacy Laws In MENA: A Case Study Of Covid-19 Contact Tracing Apps

This report analyzes data protection and privacy laws in Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. Joey Shea, a researcher and analyst specialized in security and political repression, documents the deployment of COVID-19 contact tracing applications in these states. The report, which was supported through our Applied Advocacy and Research Grants, compares each state’s […]

New Report: Analysing the Impact of Digital ID Frameworks on Marginalised Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa

We are excited to launch “Analysing the Impact of Digital ID Frameworks on Marginalised Groups in Sub-Saharan Africa,” a new report authored by Rose Mosero, currently a legal advisor to the Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs in Kenya. The report aims to address the introduction and implementation of digital identity systems in sub-Saharan […]

New Report: What’s sex got to do with it? Mapping the impact of questions of gender and sexuality on the evolution of the digital rights landscape in India

Today, we are excited to publish “What’s sex got to do with it? Mapping the impact of questions of gender and sexuality on the evolution of the digital rights landscape in India,” a new report from the India Democracy Project. The report is the first of the CYRILLA funded Applied Research and Advocacy Grants, launched […]

Jurisprudence Shaping Digital Rights in South Asia

Jurisprudence developed by courts are central to the understanding, application and implementation of laws. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have irreversibly impacted every walk of personal and public life, including how courts function and deliberate on rights. Given the number of ICT specific laws and policies that have developed, in some cases hastily, over the […]

The Africa ICT Policy Manual

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology at Strathmore Law School (CIPIT), the Sub Saharan Africa partner for the CYRILLA Collaborative, recently published “The Africa ICT Policy Manual.” Central to CYRILLA is its digital rights database, which enables users to access digital rights legislation, cases, and analyses concerning human rights in digitally-networked spaces. This […]

Unshackling Expression: A study on criminalisation of freedom of expression online in Nepal

Unshackling Expression: A study on criminalisation of freedom of expression online in Nepal, developed by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) with the support of the CYRILLA Initiative, is a study in continuation of the 2017 report Unshackling Expression: A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia. This report was prepared by Body & Data, an APC member organisation […]

Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia

Is Indonesia slipping back in terms of promoting freedom of expression online? Does the country have laws in place to protect its citizens’ right to free speech and expression? Are these laws being implemented in a way that promotes human rights or are the same laws being used to curtail freedom and self-expression? These are […]

Dialling in the Law: Legal Analysis of Internet Shutdowns Across the Global South

State-mandated internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent as governments use these to quell dissent and silence critics. Can citizens push back against these shutdowns by taking their own states to court? Do countries in the Global South have a legal framework to address and counter internet shutdowns? “Dialling in the Law: A Comparative Assessment of […]

Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report

The Foundation for Media Alternatives, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications and the CYRILLA Collaborative, is proud to share, “Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report.” Developed by the Foundation for Media Alternatives, an organisation that assists civil society in the use of ICTs for empowerment, the report looks at government restrictions through laws and […]

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 […]