What to do if a border agent demands access to your device


University of Wollongong professor Katina Michael discusses what to do if a border agent demands access to your digital device. It comes after Customs NZ clarified rules in which officers can demand a 'digital strip-search'.

Citation: Katina Michael with Wendyl Nissen, October 11, 2018, “What to do if a border agent demands access to your device”, RadioNZLive: The Long Lunch https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/on-demand/long-lunch/2018/10/the-long-lunch--in-case-you-missed-thursday--111018.html

Nueva Zelanda multará a pasajeros que se nieguen a desbloquear su móvil

Nueva Zelanda multará a pasajeros que se nieguen a desbloquear su móvil

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A partir de esta semana, los pasajeros que ingresen a Nueva Zelanda estarán sujetos a nuevas regulaciones que pueden poner en juego su privacidad. El departamento de aduana impondrá multas a quienes se nieguen a compartir la contraseña de sus dispositivos.

Esta medida está causando polémica en Nueva Zelanda, pues los usuarios que no desbloqueen o no faciliten sus contraseñas para revisar su móvil, deberán pagar multas de hasta USD$ 5,000.

La normativa se debe a una actualización de la Ley de Aduanas e Impuestos Especiales, que se ha puesto en marcha desde el 1 de octubre del año en curso. De acuerdo con el reporte de RNZ, esta ley se aplica tanto para extranjeros como a los nacidos en el país.

Terry Brown, un portavoz de aduanas, dijo que una vez que se proporcionara una contraseña, se realizarían “búsquedas preliminares” con el smartphone o computador de un viajero, explorando solo los archivos guardados en el dispositivo, no los historiales de navegación u otra información cargada en el almacenamiento en la nube.

Específicamente, esta norma establece que pueden monitorear los dispositivos móviles o equipos de un pasajero, si este tiene actitud sospechosa. No obstante, las autoridades pueden revisar tu dispositivo sin explicar por qué le pareces sospechoso.

Plane FInder, el sitio web que muestra la información de cualquier vuelo

El motivo de las inspecciones son los grupos criminales que usan cada vez maneras más sofisticadas de pasar cosas por la frontera“, argumenta el Ministro de Aduanas, Kris Faafoi.

Como es de esperarse, la normativa ha generado polémica, pues consideran que se trata de invasión a la privacidad de los pasajeros.

Thomas Beagle, portavoz de los defensores de las libertades civiles, afirma que los dispositivos digitales contienen mucha más información privada que el equipaje de una persona y, por lo tanto se trata de un “invasión injustificada de la privacidad“.

Katina Michael, profesora especializada en temas de vigilancia, dijo que las leyes de la mayoría de los países permitían a los funcionarios confiscar dispositivos, si no se proporcionaban contraseñas o se sospechaba actividad ilegal. Pero las nuevas multas en Nueva Zelanda agregaron un “factor de miedo” para presionar a las personas, para que entreguen sus contraseñas.

Los funcionarios afirman que para que haya un mayor control, los representantes de aduanas deberán notificar al Parlamento cuántos dispositivos han inspeccionado anualmente.

Citation: Por Rosselyn Barroyeta, October 2, 2018, “Nueva Zelanda multará a pasajeros que se nieguen a desbloquear su móvil”, TekCrispy, https://www.tekcrispy.com/2018/10/02/nueva-zelanda-multa-desbloqueo/

Fork Over Passwords or Pay the Price

Fork Over Passwords or Pay the Price, New Zealand Tells Travelers

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As of this week, travelers who fail to unlock their devices risk prosecution and potential fines of 5,000 New Zealand dollars, about $3,295.

The law applies to both foreign visitors and returning New Zealand citizens.

Mr. Brown, the customs spokesman, said that once a password was supplied, “preliminary searches” would be carried out with a traveler’s phone or computer set to flight mode, and officers would explore only files saved to the device, not website histories or any information uploaded to cloud-based storage.

A device could be confiscated for further examination only if the preliminary search led officials to believe that was warranted, although Mr. Brown admitted that failure to provide a password could be grounds for seizure.

The move drew criticism from civil liberties advocates, who said digital devices contain far more private information about a person than luggage does and should therefore be subject to greater protection from searches.

Katina Michael, a professor at the University of Wollongong in Australia who specializes in surveillance issues, said most countries’ laws allowed officials to confiscate devices, often for a period of weeks, if passwords were not provided or illegal activity was suspected. But she said the new fines in New Zealand added a “scare factor” to pressure people, who often do not know their rights when entering a new country, to hand over their codes.
But a spokesman for New Zealand’s Council for Civil Liberties, Thomas Beagle, told Radio New Zealand that it was not clear what constituted “reasonable suspicion” and that there was no way for travelers to challenge a forced search of their devices.

In 2017, New Zealand border officials conducted 537 preliminary searches of devices, and customs officials said they did not expect that number to increase under the new law.

In the United States, forced searches of devices at the border have increased in recent years and have been subject to lawsuits, in which civil liberties activists claim the examinations are invasive and unlawful.

Professor Michael said there had also been an increase in digital searches and device confiscations at the Australian border.

Tech for Good: The Role of ICT in Achieving the SDGs

What opportunities and challenges do digital technologies present for the development of our society?



I truly believe that we can harness technology for good. That information and communication technology is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. But more than this? We need to be human. Being human means that we can achieve anything together through compassion, care, foresight, and long-term sustainability. Right now we use technology in ways that helps us to gain access to critical information, but also as a means to become more engrossed in ourselves and our personal interests alone. What about the public interest? What about public interest technologies like those being suggested by the SDG Academy an all of its speakers? Think on doing this rewarding course. It takes a mission critical view of how technology can be used (or abused) as a tool for dis(empowerment). We have a choice- from our perspective the choice is easy- we MUST use technology for good.

The trailer for the magnificent SDG Academy. Here are courses delivered by the SDG Academy. More about the free online courses here.

My involvement was in 3 MOOCS related to: privacy, data rights, security and ethics, with a heavy emphasis on human rights throughout. Stay tuned for more.

About this course

Tech for Good was developed by UNESCO and Cetic.br/NIC.br, the Brazilian Network Information Center’s Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society. It brings together thought leaders and changemakers in the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT) and sustainable development to show how digital technologies are empowering billions of people around the world by providing access to education, healthcare, banking, and government services; and how “big data” is being used to inform smarter, evidence-based policies to improve people’s lives in fundamental ways.

It also addresses the new challenges that technology can introduce, such as privacy, data management, risks to cybersecurity, e-waste, and the widening of social divides. Ultimately, Tech for Good looks at the ways in which stakeholders are coming together to answer big questions about what our future will look like in a hyper-digitized world.

This course is for:

Technology specialists who want to understand more about how ICT is being used to improve people’s lives around the world.
Sustainable development practitioners who need to understand the opportunities and limitations of technology in a development context.
Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this exciting and ever-changing field.

What you'll learn

  • ICT can improve access to knowledge and services, promote transparency, and encourage collaboration

  • Responsible collection and use of data requires governance, security, and trust

  • ICT projects should be contextualized and inclusive

  • Technology is not neutral! Be aware of bias in design and implementation

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Course Syllabus

Module 1: Welcome to the Digital Age

  • Introduction to the Course

  • Bridging the Digital Divide

  • Three Approaches to ICT for the SDGs

Module 2: Technology for Governments and Citizens

  • Equity and Access to Services

  • User-Driven Public Administration

  • It's All About the Data

  • The Open Government Approach

  • Case Study: Aadhaar in India

  • The Challenges of Digital Government

Module 3: ICT Infrastructure

  • Enabling ICT: The Role of Infrastructure

  • Promoting Digital Inclusivity

  • Innovations in Infrastructure

  • Building Smart Sustainable Cities

  • ICT as Infrastructure: A Look at Societal Platforms

Module 4: ICT Innovations in Health

  • Achieving Universal Health Coverage

  • Improving Healthcare Delivery

  • Involving the Community

  • Evidence in Action: Success Stories of ICT and Health

  • Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Module 5: Learning in Knowledge Societies

  • The Ecosystem of ICT for Education

  • Education for a Connected World

  • Sharing Knowledge: ICT, Openness, and Inclusion

  • Measuring ICT and Education: Frameworks

  • Measuring ICT and Education: Data and Indicators

  • Rethinking ICT for Education Policies

Module 6: Promoting Financial Inclusion

  • An Introduction to Financial Services

  • The Potential of Digital Platforms

  • Mobile Payments for Marginalized Communities

  • ICT for Enabling Access to Credit

  • Replacing the Cash Economy

  • The Challenges of ICT-enabled Financial Inclusion

Module 7: Measurement and Metrics

  • Managing Data for the SDGs

  • ICT Innovation for Statistical Development

  • Engaging with Data: Communications and Citizen Empowerment

  • Case Study: Brazil’s Cetic.br

  • Measuring ICT

  • ICT for Monitoring the SDGs

  • Limitations of ICT for Monitoring the SDGs

Module 8: Artificial Intelligence

  • An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • Who Drives the Agenda on “AI for Good”?

  • Implications for Discrimination and Exclusion

  • The Human Side of AI: Risks and Ethics

Module 9: Concerns for our Digital Future

  • Privacy and the Importance of Trust

  • Knowing your Data Rights

  • Cybersecurity

  • The Downsides of Digital

Module 10: The Way Forward

  • The New Workforce: Six Points about the Future of Work

  • The Meaning of Work in the Digital Era

  • The Open Movement

  • Closing Thoughts on ICT for the SDGs

Original link here: https://www.edx.org/course/tech-for-good-the-role-of-ict-in-achieving-the-sdgs