As governments have begun to enact emergency measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19, many have turned to digital surveillance and censorship of media as a response to the pandemic. New government actions have caused growing concern over privacy and digital rights. Civil society organizations such as Amnesty International and Digital Rights Watch are warning of the potential threat of adopting invasive digital surveillance in a time of crisis as well as the longevity of invasive measures. At the same time, global health experts are lauding the use of technology in contact tracing and in monitoring those who fall ill.
During this panel discussion, Peter Roudik (director of the legal library at the Library of Congress), Jamie Fly (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president and CEO), Konstantin Eggert (columnist at Deutshe Welle and former editor-in-chief of BBC Russian Service, and Franak Viachorka (digital media strategist at USAGM) will discuss the impact of a global increase in digital surveillance and media censorship, and the boundary between public health benefits and privacy risks in Eurasia. Joan Mower (director of development and training at the U.S. Agency for Global Media) will moderate the discussion.
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