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Ahmed Mansoor: the poet who spoke truth to power and paid a heavy price

by Rebecca White “The only way to counter repression is by revealing it. And yes, there is always that possibility that I will go back to jail. But if [activists] do not talk, who will?” This quote is taken from a short film of Ahmed Mansoor back in 2015. A prominent Emirati human rights defender...

EU: Final vote on spyware inquiry must lead to stronger regulation  

Responding to today’s vote by Members of the European Parliament urging the European Union (EU) to more tightly regulate the use, manufacture and trade of spyware, Rebecca White, campaigner at Amnesty Tech’s Disrupting Surveillance Team, said:  “This vote by the European Parliament sends a...

Easy guide to encryption and why it matters

What’s the definition of encryption? Why should messaging apps use it to protect our personal chats, pics and videos? We explain all the technical terms and the jargon.  What is encryption? Encryption is a powerful way of helping to stop our text messages, emails, phone calls and video chats from...

6 really practical ways to protect your privacy online

Here are some top tips and tools to protect your privacy and guard against identity theft, financial fraud and your personal pics and messages getting into the wrong hands. Before we start, a word of caution. If you’re a journalist or activist, or if you believe you might be personally targeted for...

How private are your favourite messaging apps?

We’ve ranked 11 companies that run the world’s most popular messaging apps – including Skype, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger – on how well they’re using encryption to protect your online privacy. In particular, we’ve looked at whether they apply end-to-end encryption – a way of making your photos,...