Tracking the Tracking Apps: COVID-19 in SEE+: Action Items for Future Pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of public life. Virtually unprecedented, the public health crisis required an emergency response. That response, however, has brought with it a new set of concerns that might have a lasting impact well beyond the pandemic. Privacy is under serious threat. Governments rushed to deploy tracking apps in an effort to curb the spread of the virus by facilitating contact tracing and monitoring for compliance with self-isolation regimes.

Report: The Shrinking Space for Media Freedom in Southeast Europe

CSD recently published a report that examines the impact of the coronavirus crisis on press independence in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Albania. The report assesses three main dimensions contributing to the shrinking space for media freedom in the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency: domestic politics and societal developments; foreign authoritarian media interference, technology and social media.