Study “The US Impact on the Israeli Surveillance Technology Sector” Recommends Practices and Measures to End “Impunity for the Sector”

Ramallah – “Arabic Jerusalem”:

A Palestinian study recommended that the United States work to implement comprehensive and comprehensive systems to regulate the sale and transfer of mass and targeted surveillance technologies in light of the US security establishment and US-based technology companies, which has enormous influence on the Israeli surveillance sector. .

The study (position paper) issued by the Arab Center for the Development of Social Media, “Hamleh”, demanded that in light of the failure of the US Congress so far to pass a single and comprehensive legislation to protect technology users and technology software regulate companies’ conglomerates, the existence of legislation prohibiting mass and indiscriminate surveillance by public entities (States) and private has become more urgent, which, if achieved, will increase the demand for surveillance software that is more intrusive into the lives of citizens and individuals are, will limit.

The paper, completed by researcher Sophia Ojdefend, called on the United States of America to join efforts to establish effective international regulations on the sale and transfer of surveillance technologies around the world in light of the practices of companies that sell their products without discrimination. between governments, companies and oppressive regimes.

The study considered that restrictions on “cyber weapons” such as the blacklist of CANDIRU and NOS Group would not reduce the risks posed by artificial intelligence-powered surveillance technologies such as facial recognition technology and reality tracking.

In the opinion of the researcher, the joining of the United States of America in the efforts to establish an international regulatory framework for surveillance software will enable the United States to prevent new companies in Israel and abroad from more intrusive technologies developed.

Campaign Center has documented and reported in previous research work how Israel uses unregulated CCTV systems, biometric monitoring tools and extensive monitoring of social media in a way that restricts Palestinians’ freedom of expression, impedes freedom of movement and restricts the fundamental right to privacy. .

The study indicated that Israeli officials are working to portray the new surveillance technologies as humanitarian security solutions, but the truth is that these are systems that cause great psychological damage and depend on police practices of intrusive and intrusive dimensions in the lives of all Palestinian people.

The study opined that the surveillance technology sector can be called “a sector that has gone unpunished for a very long time.” Which requires more regulations and policies to stop the awakening of the dangerous surveillance industry and take steps to control the market.

The position paper presented a policy analysis of the impact of US policies and corporate practices on the Israeli surveillance sector, as the cooperation between Silicon Valley and the US government allowed investment in surveillance software without any oversight, specifically the Israeli occupation state, which is an important player in this field.

The report documents that Israeli startups have flocked since the early 2000s to meet the growing demand for more innovative ways to monitor and track the lives of individuals. Deprived of their right to protect their privacy.

The report also concluded that state-based technology conglomerates and hedge funds are buying this invasive spying technology unchecked, as the demand for this software provides the necessary foundation for the global private surveillance software industry.

The start of 2022 witnessed a wave of international condemnation of the Israeli surveillance sector, following news of its abusive practices making headlines. A coalition of male and female journalists and civil society organizations claimed that Israeli spying programs were used to target some 50,000 journalists and human rights defenders, in addition to many heads of state.

The Washington Post also revealed in a press investigation that the Israeli military has deployed a host of facial recognition cameras and biometric databases to monitor Palestinian civilians and civilians in the West Bank, and has even contracted with private companies to expand the scope of its monitoring. . .

International legal experts warn that Israeli surveillance technologies threaten human rights in various parts of the world.

The study finds that journalists, politicians and human rights defenders often view the Israeli surveillance machine as an “exceptional case”, but it did not develop in isolation. As a result, this report provides the essential context and analysis of the urgent debates surrounding the adaptation and misuse of new technologies.

It also places the findings of the research on three main points: First, the report analyzes how Israel implements a public-private-sector monitoring model—developed in the United States in the wake of 9/11 through formal cooperation between the two countries . security services.

Second, the report examines the U.S. stance against regulating technology companies, and describes how U.S. companies and investors have poured millions of dollars into Israel’s growing surveillance sector.

Finally, the paper highlights the political implications of US influence on the Israeli surveillance sector and outlines how US lawmakers can set global regulatory standards.

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