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Internet Governance: Measures Companies, Governments, and Citizens Should Take—and Their Pitfalls

UN expert David Kaye discusses his book on internet governance, including what to do about incitement, disinformation, repression, and surveillance. The future of human rights depends on how these challenges are addressed.

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Whistleblowers for Change: The Social and Economic Costs and Benefits of Leaking and Whistleblowing

In this report, whistleblowers and civil society leaders discuss what can be done to ensure that EU citizens who call out wrongdoing are protected from reprisal.

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Joint Letter: Support for ECHR Grand Chamber Referral in Sinkova v. Ukraine

A joint letter from 22 organizations supporting freedom of expression, sent to support a Grand Chamber review of the ECHR’s Sinkova v. Ukraine ruling.

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The EU’s New Privacy Rules Are Only a First Step

While the new rules governing how large tech companies use people’s data are a step in the right direction, more must be done in order to rein in the excesses of “surveillance capitalism.”

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How Disinformation Spreads: Social Media’s Impact on Italy’s Elections

Alexandre Alaphilippe from EU DisinfoLab and fact-checker David Puente discuss how civil society cooperation helped monitor and counter online disinformation during the elections.

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Implementation of the EU–Moldova Association Agreement: Views from Civil Society

In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

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UN expert David Kaye discusses his book on internet governance, including what to do about incitement, disinformation, repression, and surveillance. The future of human rights depends on how these challenges are addressed.

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