Privacy is global podcast

Privacidad, siri, privacy, privacidade. Finding the word in different languages might look simple. The contexts in which privacy plays out around the world, however, is definitely not. How are new technologies and widespread data aggregation practices impacting societies, politics, and cultures? What are the stories of the activists working to protect privacy right around the world?

Listen to ‘Privacy is Global’, a podcast brought to you by Internews, to learn more about the context, the struggles and the people behind data protection globally.

Privacy is Global is a collaboration by Internews’ ADAPT project & the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington, DC.

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Episode 3

Pushing Towards Data Protection: An Advocate's Guide by Privacy is Global

Produced by Internews for the series Privacy is Global

We know that these days everything is ‘datafied’: our shopping habits, our daily commutes, our relationships and interactions- companies and governments alike are collecting servers and servers of information about us- but why should we care about the policy and politics of data governance? What really is ‘data protection’? What is at stake? Who are the players? How can we ensure our data is respected and that the most egregious abuses of our data are protected against? And how do we make these issues, often highly technical and legal, compelling for the average citizen?

In this episode of Privacy is Global, Laura Vidal and Laura Schwartz-Henderson dive deep on the history of data protection policymaking and privacy advocacy priorities in countries around the world through conversations with experts and activists from Ghana, Nigeria, Bolivia, Brazil and Kenya. We discuss the importance of cultivating cultures of privacy not just to build the political will to pass comprehensive data protection legislation but also to ensure that these laws are adequately enforced.

Credits

Research and Interviews: Laura Schwartz-Henderson, Laura Vidal, Teki Akuetteh Falconer
Concept and script: Laura Vidal & Laura Schwartz-Henderson
Interviews: Gbenga Sesan, Eliana Quiroz, Bianca Kremer, Victor Kapiyo, Teki Akuetteh Falconer
Editing & Mixing: Laura Vidal & Ergi Shkëlzeni
Visual Design: Ura Design
Executive Producers for Privacy is Global: Laura Schwartz-Henderson and Laura Vidal
Sponsored by Internews and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington DC

Episode 2

A Three Tier Look into Data Protection in Nigeria

Produced by Paradigm Initiative for the series Privacy is Global

Promoting privacy policies and culture has always been a struggle for Nigerian activists, as historical traditions emphasize communal culture and values over Western-style notions of individual privacy. Calls for better protections of personal privacy are often met with responses like “but what do I have to hide?”. However, with the advancement of digital technologies and more personal data being collected, processed and abused, the need for comprehensive data protection has become urgent.

Currently in Nigeria, conversations about data protection take place with representatives from certain industries and specialized lawyers- but the subject matter can be highly technical and legal. Digital rights groups like Paradigm Initiative champion rights-respecting data protection policies and seek to strategize and coordinate with other stakeholders- but there is significant need to mainstream data protection advocacy and engage in more outreach and coordination with a variety of impacted sectors and constituencies.

In this episode of Privacy is Global, Khadijah El-Usman speaks to individuals on how to mobilize and build support for data protection policies amongst different stakeholder groups and to discuss the advocacy challenges and opportunities that exist for such a highly technical issue in Nigeria. We will discuss these issues from the lens of three prototype ‘individuals’ who need to be more engaged: ‘The citizen’, who has a vague understanding of privacy rights and what happens with their data and why they should care; The lawyer, who understands the laws and legal precedent, but needs to broaden the debate; and the advocate, who struggles to bridge the gap between many communities and stakeholders to build a holistic rights-respecting data protection regime in Nigeria. Want to know more? Listen now!

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Credits

Host: Khadijah El-Usman
Guests: Mubarak Ishola, Oluwafemi Erinle, Adeboye Adegoke
Editing & Mixing: Ergi Shkëlzeni
Visual Design: Ura Design
Executive Producers for Privacy is Global: Laura Schwartz-Henderson and Laura Vidal
Sponsored by Internews and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington DC

Episode 1

Facial Recognition in Brazil: Automating Oppression?

Produced by Coding Rights for the series Privacy is Global

In many places around the world, facial recognition technologies are gradually being deployed in several moments of our lives: be it in surveillance cameras installed across the streets we normally walk around or when we need to authenticate our IDs to allow access to social services or to enter banks and other private services. But what happens when we use a binary algorithm to control and influence non-binary and very diverse lives and experiences? Who gets excluded? What historical oppressions are being exacerbated and automated?

Vanessa Koetz and Bianca Kremer, both Coding Rights fellows on Data and Feminisms, talked to two Brazilian experts: Mariah Rafaela Silva, scholar and activist in transgender rights and to Pablo Nunes, black scholar and activist specialist in public security and racism. Through this podcast, we will discuss the risks of implementing this kind of tech without an informed public debate about potential consequences. We even spoke to an algorithm, Dona Algô (Misses Algô… short for algorithm)! Are you curious? Press play!

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Credits

Research and Interviews: Bianca Kremer and Vanessa Koetz
Concept and script: Juliana Mastrascusa and Joana Varon
Interviews: Pablo Nunes and Mariah Rafaela Silva
Fictional Character: @Malfeitona
Editing & Mixing: Ergi Shkëlzeni
Visual Design: Ura Design
Executive Producers for Privacy is Global: Laura Schwartz-Henderson and Laura Vidal
Sponsored by Internews and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Washington DC