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The Impact of Chinese Tech Provision on Civil Liberties in Africa

The increasing support provided by China to African states to expand their information infrastructure and the rise of Safe City (Huawei) and Smart City (ZTE) projects across Africa have raised concerns about a possible tightening of civil liberties …

The City Surveillance State: Inside Johannesburg's Safe City Initiative

South African cities are increasingly turning to technology-aided surveillance to police public spaces. Conceived of as ‘safe city’ projects, they are linking cameras to form wide area networks that increasingly use artificial intelligence (AI) to i…

State of Internet Freedom in Africa 2021: Effects of State Surveillance on Democratic Participation in Africa

Africa has increasingly become digitalised with technology playing a pivotal role in learning, working, and public participation. However, there is growing concern that rising state surveillance is not only undermining African citizens’ digital righ…

Work in Progress in Computer Vision and AI Surveillance in Africa

Computer vision is at first glance simply technology with general applications so that the political implications are not immediately apparent, unlike technologies such as bio-identity in which purpose is fused with the technology. The political val…

Surveillance Technologies in the Covid-19 Era

While many states are adopting strict measures including containment and even border closures, some countries have used surveillance technologies to control the spread of the virus, and others are considering similar solutions. The most widespread d…

Les Technologies de Surveillance à l’ère de la Covid-19 / Surveillance Technologies in the COVID-19 Era

While many states are adopting strict measures including containment and even border closures, some countries have used surveillance technologies to control the spread of the virus, and others are considering similar solutions. The most widespread d…

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