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Aiding Surveillance: An Exploration of How Development and Humanitarian Aid Initiatives are Enabling Surveillance in Developing Countries


Gus Hosein


Privacy International

Carly Nyst


Privacy International

September 2013


Abstract:     
Information technology transfer is increasingly a crucial element of development and humanitarian aid initiatives. Social protection programmes are incorporating digitized Management Information Systems and electronic transfers, registration and electoral systems are deploying biometric technologies, the proliferation of mobile phones is facilitating access to increased amounts of data, and technologies are being transferred to support security and rule of law efforts. Many of these programmes and technologies involve the surveillance of individuals, groups, and entire populations. The collection and use of personal information in these development and aid initiatives is without precedent, and subject to few legal safeguards. In this report we show that as development and humanitarian donors and agencies rush to adopt new technologies that facilitate surveillance, they may be creating and supporting systems that pose serious threats to individuals’ human rights, particularly their right to privacy.

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Keywords: development, technology, privacy, surveillance, data protection, ICT4D

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Date posted: September 16, 2013  

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Hosein, Gus and Nyst, Carly, Aiding Surveillance: An Exploration of How Development and Humanitarian Aid Initiatives are Enabling Surveillance in Developing Countries (September 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2326229 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2326229

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Gus Hosein
Privacy International ( email )
62 Britton street
London, eC1m 5uy
United Kingdom
Carly Nyst (Contact Author)
Privacy International ( email )
62 Britton street
London, eC1m 5uy
United Kingdom
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