Does national security justify mass surveillance?

Report on the “Digitised Security – How to read online surveillance and fight it!” seminar

From 24-30 April 2017, the Cooperation and Development Network of Eastern Europe (CDN) – in collaboration with the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe, and Green European Foundation (GEF), and with the support of Green Forum, ISOC Serbia, ISOC Europe, and MEP Terry Reintke – organised a six-day youth seminar on cybersecurity and digital rights in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 40 young people from all over Europe explored how the Internet works, how it is governed, how it has developed since its inception, and what it means today for society, young people, and for (Green) activism and politics. Continue reading

Digitised security – How to read the surveillance discourse and fight it!

CDN, the digital [x] working group and Revolt are organising an international youth seminar on digital rights. It will take place from 24 – 30 April in Bosnia. It was inspired by a digital [x] webinar that looked at the political reactions sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. A year later, censorship and mass surveillance are becoming the norm, and we want to fight this: we want to change the discourse to achieve better policy and give everyone the tools to protect their freedom even in hostile environments. Continue reading

First digital [x] webinar a success!

On 16 December, digital [x] organised a webinar about the effects of the Paris attacks on digital rights. We looked at the impact of the attacks on the current political debate and how that illustrates the tension between security and freedoms online.

This was our very first webinar, and we did not use any special webinar tools – just mumble, etherpad and some online slides. As planned, it all took two hours: introduction, presentation, discussions in small groups and a plenary at the very end.

An analysis of the impact of the terrorist attacks on digital rights in Europe was presented by Julian Hauser, a member of digital [x]. The slides can be found here. We looked at the goals of the proposed laws and security measures, how they restrict online freedoms and whether they even achieve their goal of increased security (hint: they don’t).

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digital [x] working group launched with first meeting!

We are happy to announce that the digital [x] working group of CDN has launched with our very first meeting on Jun-17th! This meeting was dedicated to getting to know each other and finding out what our expectations for this year are.

We discussed how we want to organise future work and which tools to use for the team’s communication and cooperation on digital [x] projects. While we are still in process of brainstorming what projects we want to work on, we agreed to focus our attention on a few initiatives, instead of trying out many different things.

So far among the proposed ideas is setting-up a technical-assistance network for young Green organisations that can help with technical matters as well as issues such as open source software, privacy, encryption etc. The second proposal is to organise a seminar on a topic that is still to be defined during the next meetings. The spirit at the meeting was a bit nerdy and very positive, and we are all very much looking forward to getting this new venture rolling and having a long, productive and fun cooperation!

PS: The gender balance was far better than on the above picture.

 

digital [x] web page

 

 

Strategy Planning Meeting report

10360914_762257797154231_3941542598793490246_nCooperation and Development Network held its Second Strategy Planning Meeting in Belgrade, from 1st to 3rd October. We gathered representatives of Member and Partner organizations and Working group. For two days SPM delegates discussed different aspects of CDN work, internal and external cooperation and  communication, action plans. This meeting was a starting point to new Strategy statement, that next General Assembly should vote upon, for period of 2015-2018. Full report/conclusions and directions brought by SPM you can find on following link:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/33711609/SPM%20report.pdf