Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityViolence April 28, 2021 Find out more Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Khashoggi’s murder came at a time when the Saudi authorities were cracking down on journalists and bloggers. Between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are currently detained and are being mistreated. Some are held arbitrarily without trial. Others are serving long jail sentences. Saudi Arabia is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Help by sharing this information A columnist critical of the Saudi regime who was living in self-imposed exile, Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. After initially denying that he had died, the Saudi authorities finally admitted he was murdered by government agents, and fired those allegedly responsible. Although it is widely suspected that the murder was approved at the “highest level,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to be the power behind the throne. March 9, 2021 Find out more The same SPA communiqué quoted the Saudi prosecutor-general as saying the Saudi authorities received no response from Turkey to their request for evidence. For its part, Saudi Arabia rejected Turkey’s request for the extradition of 18 persons suspected of direct involvement in the murder. News News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityViolence RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance As 11 persons reportedly go on trial in Saudi Arabia for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, with the prosecution seeking the death penalty for five of them, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its position that only an independent international investigation will be able to shed full light on this murder. RSF_en The opening of the trial yesterday in Riyadh, three months after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was announced in a terse communiqué by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, which did not name any of the defendants, not even those for whom the death penalty has been requested. No date has been set for the next hearing. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts January 4, 2019 Saudi Arabia : “Only an international enquiry could shed light on Khashoggi murder” (c) AFP News “Seeking the death penalty for Khashoggi’s alleged murderers is a terrible way to try to cover up who was really responsible,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Only an independent international investigation, as RSF has demanded from the outset, will serve to shed light on this case.” Follow the news on Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This story was co-published with Mashable.In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information—from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers—for a cookie.“It is crazy what people were willing to give me,” said artist Risa Puno, who conducted the experiment, which she called “Please Enable Cookies,” at a Brooklyn arts festival. The cookies—actual cookies—came in flavors such as “Chocolate Chili Fleur de Sel” and “Pink Pistachio Peppercorn.”To get a cookie, people had to turn over personal data that could include their address, driver’s license number, phone number and mother’s maiden name.More than half of the people allowed Puno to take their photographs. Just under half—or 162 people—gave what they said were the last four digits of their Social Security numbers. And about one-third—117 people—allowed her to take their fingerprints. She examined people’s driver’s licenses to verify some of the information they provided.When people asked Puno what she was going to do with their information, she refused to say. Instead, she referred them to her terms of service, a full page of legal boilerplate displayed in tiny print, which gives her the right to display the information and share it with others.Puno’s performance art experiment highlights what privacy experts already know: Many Americans are not sure how much their personal data is worth, and that consumer judgments about what price to put on privacy can be swayed by all kinds of factors.While most people will say they value privacy, there’s a clear dichotomy between “what we say about privacy and what we do,” said Alessandro Acquisti, a Carnegie Mellon privacy expert.A study published last year by Acquisti and other researchers found that people’s willingness to pay for privacy depended on whether they perceived that their data was already protected. In one experiment, one group of people were given a free $10 Visa gift card and told their spending would be anonymous. Another group was given a $12 gift card and told their purchases would be tracked. The groups were then given an opportunity to trade gift cards. It turned out that the vast majority people with the higher-value but tracked card were not willing to give up $2 for privacy. But about half of the people who started out with the higher privacy lower value cards wanted to keep them.“The answers to questions such as ‘What is privacy worth?” and ‘Do people really care for privacy?’ depend not just on whom but how you ask,” the authors wrote.Because the Brooklyn data giveaway was part of a performance art piece, Acquisti said, participants may have felt that “it was very low-risk to provide information.” The giveaway was part of a game: it would seem fun to play along, and also seem unlikely that the data would be abused.“Traded all my personal data for a social media cookie,” one participant tweeted, along with a photo of a cookie frosted with the Facebook logo.Puno said some participants did not even eat their cookies—they just wanted to take pictures of them. Cookies decorated with the Instagram logo were so popular among photographers that Puno required “purchasers” to give their fingerprints, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their driver’s license information. Many still agreed. “They wanted to hold it against the sky with the bridge in the background,” she said.While she’s happy with the response to her project, the 33-year-old artist was shocked that people seemed very comfortable giving away the kind of data that’s often used in security questions: pet’s name, mother’s maiden name, place of birth, the name of your first teacher.People called those questions “easy points,” she said. “They didn’t recognize them as security questions, or they didn’t care, but that’s how people ‘hack’ into celebrity iClouds, by guessing their security questions.”She was also surprised to find that people would give her more data than they actually needed to earn a given cookie. “That to me was baffling,” she said. “If I were thinking about giving away my information, I wasn’t giving away more than I had to.”Puno still won’t say what she’s going to do with the data. She says she’s considered destroying it. On the other hand, she said, the disclosure forms are also “precious artifacts of what people are willing to do. I kind of want to hold onto them forever.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.