Author Archive for jchurch

2017 GIOPS Open Session – Papers Online

Papers for the 2017 GIOPS Open Session International Legal Institutions and the Dissemination of Official/Public Information are now online. Much thanks to all the presenters for a very successful session!

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Surveillance technologies must not undermine freedom of expression – UN expert

From the UN News Centre: “Freedom of expression cannot be ensured without respect to privacy in communications,” said Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, presenting to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council his report on the implications of State surveillance on human rights. “Concerns about national security and criminal […]

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Valuing the United Nations

The following op-ed from the online forum Project Syndicate caught my eye today. If you haven’t heard of  the site I recommend it for its thoughtful and well-written analysis of global economic and political issues written by eminent faculty. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/value-for-money-at-the-united-nations-by-gareth-evans The pun on the word “value” in the title is […]

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UNESCO Global Survey on Internet Privacy and Freedom of Expression

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently released the Global Survey on Internet privacy and Freedom of Expression which assesses where privacy and freedom of expression support and/or compete with each other in different circumstances.  The book is described as a “useful reference tool containing up-to-date and sharp information […]

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Measuring the Information Society 2012

The United Nations Family of Organizations constructs several widely cited benchmarks to measure and track societal areas of interest worldwide.  Some of these include the UNDPs Human Development Index (HDI) and Gender Inequality Index, as well as several others such as  the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index and the FAO’s […]

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