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COVID-19 has Deepened Our Dependence on Surveillance Technology

Largely without public debate – and absent any new safeguards – we’ve become even more dependent on a technological ecosystem that is notoriously insecure, poorly regulated, highly invasive and prone to serial abuse.

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Media Conference: The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

Amnesty International PEN Canada Toronto Association for Democracy in China Toronto – July 30, 2019 Media Conference Advisory The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony Date: Thursday August 1, 2019 Time: 1 pm Place: Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre 2nd Floor, 63 Gould Street, Toronto Amnesty International, PEN Canada and Toronto Association for Democracy […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer | IRAN: Sedigeh Vasmaghi

Sedigeh Vasmaghi is a theologian, poet, writer, and women’s rights activist who has written on a broad sweep of theological, political and social issues. She is highly regarded in Iran and abroad for her commentary on Islamic jurisprudence in Iran. In August 2020, Vasmaghi was sentenced to one year in prison for signing a petition […]

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Book Balls, Fox-Trots, and Boeuf Bordelaise: The Early History of PEN International

PEN emerged during a moment of postwar optimism regarding the potential of human fellowship to overcome the contingencies of geopolitical power.

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