The Russia-Ukranian war triggers splinternet?

The threat of splinternet (earlier referred to as balkanization of internet) has been envisaged and discussed for 20 years already. Today many anticipate turning the global internet into the network splintered  into a collection of fragmented networks controlled by governments or corporations. Political Science News “Does Splinternet mean the end of the Internet?” 6/04/2022 described …

Internet Privacy and Personal Data Protection – Lecturers for High School Students

In March 2022, the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) held six lectures on the topic: “Internet Privacy and Personal Data Protection”. Four lectures were organized in Skopje in the school “Vasil Antevski Dren” and NOVA International School and two in Gevgelija in SOU “Josif Josifovski”. The lecturers Arben Gudaci, Data Protection and Privacy Specialist and …

Persecution of Wikipedia editors in Belarus

Wikipedia has always been extremely important for the Belarusian Internet audience as an encyclopedic reference resource. According to the Baltic Internet Policy Initiative, Wikipedia.org is one of the top 10 most visited websites in Belarus. The coverage of the computer audience is 23%, i.е. almost every fourth Belarusian Internet user. Today, the development of this …

Internet regulation in Moldova and the importance of creating a favourable legal environment for the online space

In Moldova, as in many other countries, the search for a balanced form of online regulation continues. Currently, there are a number of conflicting trends in the regulation of the country’s online environment and the absence of a unified state policy in this area. Driven by fear of security risks, Moldovan authorities are increasingly attempting …

Artificial Intelligence and Freedom of Expression

The way we seek, receive and process information has dramatically changed in the last decade. Not only has the amount of information significantly increased, but its sources diversified – from traditional media outlets, to online platforms and individuals sharing news and updates in real time on their social media profiles. All of this requires a …

Decree On News Aggregators And Its Enforcement Signed In Belarus

On March 22, 2022 Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on internet news aggregators. The purpose of the document is “to improve the quality and accessibility of information provided to citizens through news aggregators, to ensure the protection of the interests of society and the state in this segment of the information space”. The decree obliges …

The role of the Personal Data Protection Officer [North Macedonia]

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The Personal Data Protection Officer (hereinafter the Officer) plays a key role in establishing and maintaining a personal data protection system for companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies or individuals who use personal data of individuals for their own (commercial) purposes. These entities are so-called controllers or use personal data of individuals for the needs and …

Teens, Social Media and Online Privacy

Social media plays a big role in teen culture today. A survey conducted by the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) asked 14-18 year olds in North Macedonia about use of social networks and online privacy. The survey shows that more than 99% of teens have used social media. On average, teens are online more than …

Unfounded lawsuits against human rights activists in Serbia

The Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights YUCOM, together with partners Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) and Association People’s Parliament, as a consortium initiative “Solidarity for the Rights of All”, have organized the conference in regard to the presentation of second Report on Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Serbia for 2021 in the hybrid event …