15 - 21 September: Digital Rights Weekly Update


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How new tech is helping people circumvent digital authoritarianism (English)

Technology review

Researchers at 7amleh looked at tweets relating to one Palestinian village, Huwara, that has been a center for conflict between Israeli settlers and Palestinian villagers. Using a sentiment analysis algorithm, they analyzed over 15,000 Hebrew-language tweets with the hashtags “Huwara (#חווארה)” and “Wipe out Huwara (#למחוק_את_חוארה)” from the beginning of the year until the end of March. They found that more than 80% of them included content that incited violence, racism, and hatred against the people of Huwara.




Netanyahu meets with Elon Musk... "Incitement" against Israel and artificial intelligence are the most important files (Arabic)

Qudsn net

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, held a meeting with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the founder of X, Twitter previously, at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California, USA, yesterday. During their meeting, Netanyahu and Musk engaged in discussions concerning collaboration in combatting "incitement against Israel" on social media platforms, often masked as "anti-Semitism." Israeli media reports also indicate that the two leaders delved into the topic of "artificial intelligence and its potential societal risks."




Revealed: Israeli Cyber Firms Have Developed an 'Insane' New Spyware Tool. No Defense Exists (English)


A Haaretz investigation reveals that Israeli cyber companies developed technology that exploits the advertising system at the heart of the online economy to monitor civilians, hack into their phones and computers, and spy on them. This terrifying capability, against which no defense currently exists, has already been sold to a nondemocratic country. 




Israel advances bill to use facial recognition cameras on streets (English)

The Jerusalem Post

The Ministerial Legislation Committee approved a bill on Monday to allow the use of facial recognition cameras in public spaces to fight crime, especially in the Arab sector. The bill, which was submitted by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Justice Minister Yariv Levin, was dismissed in February for having too vague an interpretation of when the cameras could be used. The Knesset will vote on the new draft in a special plenum session on Tuesday after the bill was adjusted to allow the use of the cameras only for cases of “severe crime” and protection-related crimes.



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