Ed's Archive

This is a personal blog & archive. 
In theory, it's about Law, Technology and Digital Rights. In practice, anything goes. 

Fighting for digital rights in Portugal be like...

I created the .gif below – let's call it a short meme production – over a year ago, in August 2021. The process of creating it worked as a kind of therapy session, during my summer holidays, at a time when I was particularly down and exhausted. Little I know that one year later, in this last Summer, I would be much worse.

I didn't even have a purpose for it, it was just something I had to put out. It was a reflection on how digital rights are being defended in Portugal, and in some other countries. The situation is so ridicule, the asymmetries are so extreme, that I sometimes wonder if we are really brave or just fools. I guess we are both, we must be.

Metadados | Podcast SIC Notícias - Justiça sem Códigos

print do site do podcast

No inicio do mês participei no podcast "Justiça sem Códigos". Trata-se do novo podcast da SIC Notícias dedicado, como o nome indica, a temas relacionados com a Justiça. Conta a jornalista Ana Peneda Moreira ao leme e a análise do advogado Paulo Sá e Cunha. O som fica a cargo de João Martins.

EDRi's General Assembly 2022

The General Assembly of EDRi happened in May, in Berlin. 

It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces in person, after 2+ years, and meet new people as well. These meetings are so energizing. I can't really explain it, there is something magic that happens when people from so many different places meet to conspire and fight for what they believe.

Panel: Exposing a New Generation of Data Retention Laws

I participated in this panel about new data retention laws in Europe. I covered the recent decision of the Portuguese Constitutional Court, which stroke down our data retention law. It is still a bit too early to know what to expect from the Portuguese Parliament…

[Renascença] Em Nome da Lei: os metadados

Em pleno frenesim dos metadados (finalmente o país acordou para o tema), participei no Em Nome da Lei, da Renascença, dedicado ao assunto. Já tinha participado no programa anteriormente, aqui há uns anos, então sobre o famoso artigo 13/17. Ao contrário do que estava à…

 Portugal: Constitutional Court strikes data retention down 

With Nuno Mota.
This article was published on EDRi-gram.

On 19 April 2022, at the request of the Ombudsperson, the Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law. 

This was made possible thanks to a complaint by EDRi’s member D3 – Defesa dos Direitos Digitais to the Justice Ombudsperson, back in 2017.

On 19 April 2022, at the request of the Ombudsperson, the Portuguese Constitutional Court declared the unconstitutionality of the Portuguese data retention law.

This law transposed EU Directive 2006/24/CE, of 15 March, which was declared invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in 2014 (Digital Rights Ireland Lts and other, C-293/12 and C-594/12), and subsequent case law.

Testing Cusdis comments

The last (big) release of Publii, published 3 days ago, allowed me to try Cusdis. Cusdis is an open-source, lightweight (~5kb gzipped), privacy-first alternative to Disqus. It's super easy to use and integrate with your existing website. We don't track you and your users. Their…

[Observador] Gabinete de Guerra (digital)

Entrevista ao Observador + algumas notas muito rápidas sobre as últimas medidas europeias contra as campanhas de desinformação da Rússia. Um assunto a abordar com mais calma e de forma coordenada noutros fóruns, em breve. A Internet foi criada de uma forma pensada para permitir…