Show sidebar

International and Foreign

Should Foreign Nationals Get the Same Privacy Protections under NSA Surveillance–or Less (or More)?

When it comes to mass surveillance, should foreign nationals in foreign territory be afforded the same privacy protections as one’s own nationals? According to a recent report on “mass digital surveillance for counter-terrorism” by the UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, the United States is currently in violation of a fundamental principle of equality by affording foreign nationals abroad fewer privacy protections (paras.…   continue »

My Agenda as New UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

This past June, the UN Human Rights Council appointed me special rapporteur on the protection and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, effective August 1st. Last Thursday, I introduced my goals for the mandate in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly and presented the final report of my predecessor (A/69/335), the eminent Guatemalan lawyer, activist and former dissident, Frank La Rue.…   continue »

International Agreements—and Disagreements—on Cybersecurity

Russian media report here and here that Russia and China are preparing to sign a cybersecurity treaty when Vladimir Putin visits China on November 10. The reported agreement would be the latest addition to the increasingly complex landscape of international agreements related to various aspects of cybersecurity—an area that in recent months has also added an African Union treaty and a NATO declaration.…   continue »