Human rights must be safeguarded while fighting coronavirus

Branka Marijan Analysis and Commentary, Emerging Technologies, Featured

As global anxiety grows about the profound impact of the COVID-19 crisis, it may seem that no stone should be left unturned to resolve it. But governments’ use of technology presents clear risks of misuse and abuse. As the crisis unfolds, the methods used by states to tackle it will demand careful public scrutiny, rooted on legitimate expectations of enhanced transparency.

A delicate balance: Responding to a crisis with surveillance tech  

Branka Marijan Analysis and Commentary, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

As more surveillance technologies are being used in this fight, a broader conversation has begun on the need to balance the demands of public health with the preservation of privacy and human rights.

The use of drones by nonstate actors

Branka Marijan Emerging Technologies, Featured, Ploughshares Monitor

In January of this year, armed drones owned by Houthis, a Yemeni rebel group, killed several Yemeni government officials. This was the first time, as far as we know, that a nonstate group had successfully deployed a drone to carry out a precision-targeted operation. In September, the Houthis, with alleged support from Iran, were suspected in the attack on the world’s largest oil-processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Balancing individual rights and national security

Branka Marijan Analysis and Commentary, Conventional Weapons, Emerging Technologies, Featured, News

In his recent remarks at the Economic Club of Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) director David Vigneault indicated that new national security threats are keeping the country’s spies awake …