7amleh Participates in Democracy International Webinar “Online: Data Security, Democracy, and Corona”


The participation in this webinar is part of 7amleh's efforts to raise awareness about the impact of the policies and practices of states and companies on Palestinian digital rights.

7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media’s Executive Director,  Nadim Nashif, participated in the webinar “Online: Data Security, Democracy, and Corona” organized by Democracy International e.V. on 14th July. 


The discussion focused on how governmental responses to COVID-19, such as movement tracing apps and databases of infected people, threaten democracy. Experts from Palestine, Latin America and the Netherlands discussed differences and similarities of the COVID-19 responses’ impact on democratic processes. 


Nadim Nashif, 7amleh's Executive Director, explained how the Israeli government - under the guise of a response to COVID-19 - is further expanding their surveillance and tracking technology, which has already been field-tested on Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank. He stressed, "It is essential to raise awareness on the increase in governmental surveillance which constitutes a further infringement on digital and human rights". 

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