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We recently supported a complaint that, for the first time, could use the UK’s Age Appropriate Design Code to protect children’s privacy. Duncan McCann, a parent of three young children, has filed a complaint with the UK’s data protection regulator against YouTube alleging that the tech giant surveils and uses the data of nearly 5 million British children, breaking the law and violating their rights to data protection. You can read more about the case below. 

Last month our partner Baraza Media Lab hosted the first Africa Media Festival, a gathering that brought together some of Africa’s most important voices in journalism, podcasting, and media entrepreneurship. You can view a beautifully illustrated recap of the event here.

We’re also delighted to welcome Juana Kweitel, our new Vice President, Global Programmes. She will lead the team working on transregional initiatives to enable people to fully participate in civic and political life, to safely challenge power, and to access accurate, trustworthy information.

From our perspective

Juana Kweitel joins Luminate as Vice President, Global Programmes
We're delighted to welcome Juana Kweitel to Luminate to lead our Global Programmes team. As our CEO, Stephen King, stated: “She has an extensive track record dedicated to human rights, and her strong background in campaigning, programme design, and institutional strengthening makes her the ideal person to lead this work.”
Ground-breaking new complaint challenges YouTube’s abuse of children’s privacy
Swee Leng Harris and Alaphia Zoyab share why we’ve supported a new complaint with the UK’s Information Commissioner's Office highlighting YouTube’s invasive collection of children’s data.
Op-ed: Disenchanted sectors of society raise the alarm for Chile and Brazil
In this O Globo op-ed, Rafael Georges explains that while Chile and Brazil have been cited as examples of democratic resilience, there are growing sectors of their populations that feels disillusioned with political institutions, threatening a backwards shift. He argues that the solution begins by opening more channels of political participation and reforms to makes parties more transparent, open, and connected with the challenges of a diverse society, as well as interventions to regulate social media platforms and to strengthen independent journalism.
Worth your attention
The latest report from our partner Africa No Filter indicates that pop culture and social media have a powerful role in the lives of African youth, particularly shaping their perception of their country and continent.
As part of a collaboration with over 100 journalists from all over the world, our partner Forbidden Stories has launched “Story Killers,” a new series about the deadly and extremely corrosive disinformation-for-hire industry. The series continues the work of Gauri Lankesh, a reporter assassinated while investigating fake news.
A group of victims of police violence and civil society organizations including our partners Temblores, Caribe Afirmativo, and Justicia y Democraciapresented a proposal to reform the national police in Colombia to better protect human rights, as guaranteed under the Constitution and international treaties. (In Spanish)
TIME named Brazil’s Minster for Racial Equality, Anielle Franco, to its 2023 Women of the Year list. Five years after the killing of her sister, the activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco, Anielle has become a leader in the country's Black rights movement and works toward the dream of a fairer Brazil.
Do you work in a newsroom and want your team to receive trainings related to safety on the ground, digital safety, or mental health and trauma? Our partner IWMF is launching the News Safety Project and is seeking applicants for their initial cohort.
In their coverage of the complaint against YouTube that we are supporting, BBC News explains the potential legal and financial repercussions the tech giant could face.
Where you can find us
Webinar: Exploring new technical innovations in monitoring, learning, and evaluation in systemic change
Register to join Kecia Bertermann on 29 March from 3-4:30 PM GMT for a discussion hosted by Itad on using a systems perspective for evaluation and learning and whether tech innovations could aid in these efforts.


Policy Lead - Fixed Term, Reset | London, UK

We're looking for an entrepreneurial, policy-minded individual to lead our Reset work in the UK, Canada, and Australia during a period of maternity cover. The role would ideally start in April/May 2023 and run until the end of 2023. We're considering applications on a rolling basis, but suggest you apply by 5pm GMT 13 March 2023.

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