With today’s rapid advancements in communications technology, the extent of civilian surveillance remains vague. In stable democracies, Internet behaviors, trends and values are driving economic interests. But in countries where suspected rebels are monitored, persecuted and deported, authoritarian access to phones, computers and networks, challenge freedoms and threaten lives.
Putting device-monitoring technology into the hands of oppressors transforms it into a life-threatening weapon. In Germany and Europe alone, many digital weapons are traded largely without controls and export restrictions. In hopes of minimizing the negative use of technology, Peace 2.0 advocates for effective export control of German and European surveillance technology and censorship software.