World Cup 2022

Mandatory App, Opaque Policies: The Policy Void that Threatens the Privacy of Qatar World Cup Attendees [REPORT]

For the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, a plethora of technologies are being deployed including smart city tech, drones, and facial recognition, and a mandatory digital registration system, known as Hayya (“let’s go” in Arabic). To access the tournament, spectators are required to obtain a Hayya card using the mandatory Hayya application. The Hayya …

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Will Qatar Get a Red Card on Digital Rights?: What you should know if you are traveling to Qatar for the World Cup

In the coming days, Qatar will find itself at the center of attention. The country is hosting one of the biggest sporting events on the planet: the FIFA World Cup. In response, SMEX and Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) are teaming up to launch Red Card on Digital Rights: a three-parties series investigating the state of …

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Call for Stories: Technology and Human Rights at the Qatar World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is an exciting event for many around the world. For those in the Arab region, this event will be even more special given that it’s taking place in the region for the first time.  SMEX is calling for story pitches on the intersection of technology and human rights in the context …

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