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· April, 2020

Stories about Technology from April, 2020

Coronavirus and surveillance technology in India: Public health vs. privacy

Global Voices interviewed rights lawyer Mishi Choudhary and tech and policy researcher Srinivas Kodali to discuss the newest proposal in India to use unique ID data for #FacialRecognition with drones.

Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online

The Izoizolyatsiya photo challenge has become a national obsession. To the RuNet's delight, thousands of Russians are recreating famous artworks using ordinary household items — in hilarious and often bizarre...

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

People across Russia are logging onto a popular satnav to launch virtual protests. Within hours, the Yandex.Navigator app was showing empty squares and streets of cities in lockdown as "congested"

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving their homes

The Azerbaijani government has tightened its quarantine restrictions, and now enlists mobile networks to manage public movement.

Bangladeshis turn to video sites during COVID-19 lockdown

Affordable access to 4G services in Bangladesh over the last two years caused YouTube viewership to skyrocket; now, the COVID-19 lockdown will spur further growth.

Is India fighting COVID-19 the ‘mass surveillance’ way?

"There isn’t enough information available on what data will be collected, how long will it be stored and what uses it will be put to."

Mozambique and Cape Verde's telcos offer affordable mobile internet as citizens urged to stay home

Cape Verdeans mobile users will have 2 MB of free data on the next 30 days, while Mozambicans could purchase up to 5 GB for 1.50 USD.

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