State of Pandemonium: Digital Rights in the Western Balkans and COVID-19 Krivokapić, Danilo Perkov, Bojan Marko, Davor 2020-07-10T15:12:53Z 2020-07-10T15:12:53Z 2020
dc.description.abstract The COVID-19 pandemic caused many shockwaves globally, eg disruption to daily interaction (physical and social distancing measures), disruption to education, disruption to work, restrictions on freedom of movement, etc. But, particular concern has been raised for the respect of human rights during this global public health crisis. Countries across the world have introduced various legal measures and technological solutions to combat consequences of COVID-19, leading to increased intrusion into their citizens’ lives. In such circumstances, privacy and personal data protection were among the first ‘victims’, while infringement of other rights, such as freedom of expression and information, came soon after. The Western Balkans are no exception – numerous breaches of digital rights and freedoms could be witnessed during the pandemic, threatening to further decrease the overall state of human rights riding on the public fear of a major health crisis. The purpose of this paper is to show that the pandemic should not under any circumstances be used as a carte blanche for irreversible reduction of human rights standards, especially through the use of intrusive technologies. The authors’ findings presented in the paper highlight that there are already many issues in the Western Balkans in terms of digital rights and freedoms, particularly concerning personal data privacy and security, misinformation and attacks on journalists, which only deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Global Campus of Human Rights en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Policy Briefs 2020;
dc.subject crisis management en_US
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject work en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.subject freedom of movement en_US
dc.subject privacy en_US
dc.subject right to privacy en_US
dc.subject data protection en_US
dc.subject Western Balkans en_US
dc.title State of Pandemonium: Digital Rights in the Western Balkans and COVID-19 en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
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