The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) in Canada and the United Kingdom-based Global Partners Digital are launching a new publication titled ‘Travel Guide to the Digital World: Surveillance and International Standards’. The objective of the publication is to help Internet users understand digital surveillance and its human rights implications in a more broadly accessible manner which can be understood by a non-technical audience. The publication aims to provide readers with an understanding of how surveillance is being conducted, the relevant international standards on digital rights and improved national practice, and emerging debates around surveillance.
According to Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD, “This publication will help readers understand why these surveillance practices are problematic and how they should be improved.” The report reviews digital surveillance practices from the perspective of international human rights standards, particularly freedom of expression and the right to privacy. Drawing on international standards and better practice legislation from around the world, the report presents a set of standards for regulating and conducting surveillance in a way which is consistent with human rights.
In his own submission, Andrew Puddephatt, Executive Director of Global Partners said, “The Internet is the defining technology of our age, and internet policy and governance decisions have a real impact on human rights. The Travel Guide to the Digital World series aims to arm a new generation of activists to fight for internet rights and freedom.”
The publication is available free under a Creative Commons license, at: http://www.law-democracy.org/live/report-on-surveillance-and-international-standards-launched/