GISWatch 2014 report on mass surveillance in communications

September 2, 2014

The GISWatch 2014 report on mass surveillance (available online to download) was officially released at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) reveals the complicity of both states and corporations in communications surveillance, with reviews on the state of surveillance in 57 countries and reports on key human rights, legal and technological issues at stake. GISWatch is published by the Association for Progressive Communications and Hivos.

This year’s edition of GISWatch is entitled “Communications surveillance in the digital age” and exposes how governments exploit weaknesses in legal systems and user ignorance to monitor, intercept, collect, analyse, use, preserve, retain and interfere with global internet communications.

The GISWatch Reports are a series of yearly reports covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society.

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims for an open, inclusive and sustainable information society and has produced reports yearly since 2007.

Nellie Kroes at IGF 2014 in Istanbul with Hivos staff and the GISWatch report: