Activity of the Clinic on Digital Rights and Human Rights in Cyberspace

May 2019

  • What does a ‘police shaming officer’ do? The Israeli police stated it has appointed a ‘shaming officer’ who helps police officers who were criticized online to conduct civil law suit against citizens. The ‘shaming officer’ also makes requests for removal of content from online platforms. According to the police, such a role is necessary to minimize the phenomenon of "shaming" of police officers online. The Clinic on Digital Rights and Human Rights in cyberspace is concerned that important criticism will be labeled as ‘shaming’ and that such a position will create a chilling effect on citizens, who will refrain from posting legal expressions. The clinic sent a request under the Freedom of Information Act (1998), requesting information about the ‘shaming officer’ work procedures and guidelines: Hebrew. We’ll update when the police replies.
  • When and how can Facebook remove content or block users? The Clinic on Digital Rights and Human Rights in Cyberspace and The Movement of Freedom of Information's position is that due to its influence on public discourse Facebook should be regarded as 'hybrid body' (both private and public) that is obligated to due process and transparency towards its users when it comes to content moderation. The clinic has submitted Amicus Curiae on behalf of the Movement to the Supreme Court: Hebrew. We will update after the court hearing on June 20th. Read about it in TheMarker newspaper (Hebrew).

March 2019

  • We are happy to update that the CEO of the National Insurance Institute (NII) has answered the clinic's letter (See January 2019, below) and stated that the NII decided to cancel the Tender to Purchase Online Monitoring Services: Hebrew.

February 2019

  • The Clinic's Postion on blockages by elected officials in social networks: Hebrew. Download the Clinic's letter sample for blocked persons: HebrewNews Article on the Topic (Hebrew).
  • Alongside with fellow civil society organizations, The Clinic on Digital & Human Rights in cyberspace wrote to the Head of the Israeli Central Election Committee requesting the appointment of a representative on his behalf who would respond to reports on fake bot networks: Hebrew. News Article on the Topic (Hebrew).

January 2019

  • Letter to the Israeli Minister for Public Transportation on behalf of a social activist, Mr. Yossi Saidov, who was blocked from the minister's official Facebook page after criticizing the minister's policy on the page. We argue that such an act infringes Mr. Saidov's rights to freedom of expression and access to information: Hebrew. Due to our letter, the legal consoler of the minster have informed us that the minister has unblocked Mr. Saidov from his official page on social networks and assured us that posting criticism would not lead to blocking him in the future. See the Minister's Response (Hebrew).
  • Letter to the National Insurance Institute (NII) Following the Publication of a Tender to Purchase Online Monitoring Services That Enable It to Monitor Public Discourse on Social Networks, and Public Conduct in Cyberspace in General: Hebrew.

December 2018


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