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I don’t see you, but you see me: asymmetric visibility in Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program
Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program, the world’s largest conditional cash transfer program, is indicative of broader shifts in data-driven social security. While its beneficiaries are becoming “transparent” as their data is made available, the way the State uses beneficiaries’ data is increasingly opaque.
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Fauna, Flora…and Funga: The Case for the Protection of Fungi Under National and International Law
Fungi are the Earth's connective tissue and are crucial for human health and well-being. Yet, they have largely been ignored in international and national environmental law and policy. International negotiations this year provide an opportunity to fix this.
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Social Credit in China: Looking Beyond the “Black Mirror” Nightmare
The Chinese government’s Social Credit program has received much attention from Western media and academics, but misrepresentations have led to confusion over what it truly entails. Such mischaracterizations unhelpfully distract from the dangers and impacts of the realities of Social Credit.
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Why We Must Stand with Haiti’s Democracy Activists
When tens of thousands of people are on the streets decrying dictatorial actions, they’re cheered on as pro-democracy protestors. Yet when similar protests occur in Haiti, they are diminished and overlooked. Being on the right side of history requires that we listen to the voices of Haitian civil society.
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Everyone Counts! Ensuring that the human rights of all are respected in digital ID systems
The Everyone Counts! initiative was launched in the fall of 2020 with a firm commitment to a simple principle: the digital transformation of the state can only qualify as a success if everyone’s human rights are respected. Nowhere is this more urgent than in the context of so-called digital ID systems.
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Marketizing the digital state: the failure of the ‘Verify’ model in the United Kingdom
Verify, the UK government’s digital identity program, sought to construct a market for identity verification in which companies would compete. But the assumption that companies should be positioned between government and individuals who are trying to access services has gone unquestioned.
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Fearing the future without romanticizing the past: the role for international human rights law(yers) in the digital welfare state to be
Universal Credit is one of the foremost examples of a digital welfare system and the UK’s approach to digital government is widely copied. What can we learn from this case study for the future of international human rights law in the digital welfare state?
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Does Jair Bolsonaro commit crimes against humanity by devastating the Amazon rainforest?
Bolsonaro's devastation policies in the Amazon region could prompt a new international paradigm of protection for human rights and the environment.
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Locked In! How the South African welfare state came to rely on a digital monopolist
The South African Social Security Agency provides "social grants” to 18 million citizens. In using a single private company with its own biometric payment system to deliver grants, the state became dependent on a monopolist and exposed recipients to debt and financial exploitation
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Breaking Through the Climate Gridlock with Citizen Power
Why climate advocates are increasingly turning to citizens’ assemblies to remedy governments’ sluggishness on climate change.
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In Markets We Cannot Trust: What the Texas Storm Reveals about Privatized Services
Millions of people in Texas went without power and heat during a brutal winter storm. This avoidable catastrophe was the result of trusting the market and private interests to deliver the public good.
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Putting Profit Before Welfare: A Closer Look at India’s Digital Identification System
Aadhaar is the largest national biometric digital identification program in the world, with over 1.2 billion registered users. While the poor have been used as a "marketing strategy" for this program, the "real agenda" is the pursuit of private profit.
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From Barbuda to the World: Love (and Peace and Happiness) in the Time of Climate Emergency
Barbuda is a microcosm of larger trends and issues from climate-induced displacement and disaster capitalism, to the greenwashing of policies that undermine climate resilience.
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On the Frontlines of the Digital Welfare State: Musings from Australia
Welfare beneficiaries are in danger of losing their payments to “glitches” or because they lack internet access. So why is digitization still seen as the shiny panacea to poverty?
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