17 - 23 February: Digital Rights Weekly Update


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Netanyahu's Regime is Coming for Palestinian Digital Rights (English)

The New Arab

A slew of legislation from Israel's new far-right government targeting Palestinian freedom of expression online aims to silence those exposing its human rights violations and disrupt global solidarity with Palestine, writes Nadim Nashif. Benjamin Netanyahu’s new extremist far-right government in Israel is planning a wave of legislation that could further suppress the freedom of all Palestinians. Their aim needs to be clearly understood. Netanyahu’s government wants to suppress Palestinians' right to express their beliefs and opinions, to organise against an increasingly authoritarian government, and to document and expose its violations of human rights.



Civil Liberties Groups Call for EU-wide Ban on Spyware (English)

The Record

An association of civil liberties and human rights organizations across Europe has called for a European parliamentary inquiry to recommend that spyware is banned throughout the EU. The European Digital Rights (EDRi) association on Tuesday called for the European Parliament committee investigating spyware to amend its recommendations around the technology, focusing on an outright end to its use rather than reforming the governance systems to ensure it doesn’t abuse human rights.



Journalists Syndicate Calls for Pressure on Social Media Platforms to Stop Censoring Palestinian Content (English)


The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) today called on the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to intervene and put pressure on social media platforms to stop censoring and blocking Palestinian content. The PJS Freedoms Committee said in a statement that the frequency of censoring Palestinian content in social media has been on the rise, especially in the Facebook platform, which has a clear relationship with Israel and operates with its directions in censoring the Palestinian narrative and covering up the Israeli occupation's crimes against the Palestinian people.



Revealed: the Hacking and Disinformation Team Meddling in Elections (English)

The Guardian

A team of Israeli contractors who claim to have manipulated more than 30 elections around the world using hacking, sabotage and automated disinformation on social media has been exposed in a new investigation. The unit is run by Tal Hanan, a 50-year-old former Israeli special forces operative who now works privately using the pseudonym “Jorge”, and appears to have been working under the radar in elections in various countries for more than two decades.



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