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Training for digital journalists in Uganda

Who can view my data? How see-through am I? Who can retrace my tracks on the internet? Personal data are being gathered and sold, and private facts are entering the public domain in new ways. This is a particularly tricky matter in countries ruled by dictators or unjust regimes. The less power is legitimately derived from the consent of the people, the greater the proliferation of censorship and repression. The internet offers ways to participate, but it can also be used for intimidation, censorship and monitoring.

On the other hand, digitally organised resistance can topple regimes and strengthen good governance. That is why the BMZ sees the need to protect and strengthen human rights, fundamental rights and freedoms around the world. It therefore develops principles and advocates internationally for development cooperation within the context of the digital transformation that is value-driven and is based on human rights.

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