APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa
APC welcomes the Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul on 4 November 2016. The resolution comes at a crucial moment, with the region witnessing regular internet shutdowns which impact directly on freedom of expression, in countries such as Gabon and Ethiopia.
APC welcomes UNGA resolution to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of challenges
APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s resolution adds substantive language on the role of the private sector, which, as the resolution notes, poses a risk to the enjoyment of the right to privacy in the digital age because of its increasing capabilities to collect, process and use personal data.
APC calls on the authorities to immediately release all the detainees in relation to the Bersih rally and to protect the exercise of their constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, including the right to protest, and urges the government of Malaysia to refrain from cracking down on peaceful assembly and refrain from creating hurdles in their mobilisation, including through the use of ICTs.
This edition brings to us the voices from the campaigns scattered across the world, from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina to India. The editorial written by Sara Baker who has led the campaign for almost 4 years now points to the shift that has taken place recently, and how online VAW is being acknowledged as a problem in mainstream news, included as an offence in the laws of several countries.
The APC European members meeting that took place on 19-20 October 2016 in Sarajevo was the perfect venue for Leila Nachawati Rego from APCNews to meet Edward Maw and Karen Banks from GreenNet, one of APC’s founders and the first organisational member of the network.
How have internet technologies changed in the past decade? How have these changes affected the way we engage, relate, organise and take action? Have you been involved in Take Back the Tech!? How has campaigning made a difference in your community? Let’s write our collective story of feminist engagement with technology for transformation. Take action!
African School on Internet Governance 2016: A multidimensional, mind-stretching and enriching experience
This year’s AfriSIG took place on 11-15 October 2016 in Durban and produced a total of 44 graduates, all of whom were very engaged in one way or another, and left more enlightened on the fundamentals and mechanisms of internet governance. Here is a debriefing of all that happened.
At last week’s sixth annual Freedom Online Conference, the Freedom Online Coalition launched policy recommendations for human rights-based approaches to cybersecurity.
APC’s new subgranting programme awarded a total of USD 267,918 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 20 grants, 12 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other eight are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each.
The 2016 Stieg Larsson Prize is awarded to Malaysian feminist activist and APC Women’s Rights Programme manager Jac sm Kee, for her struggle for women’s right to a free online environment and for an open and equal information society based on the potential of the internet.
APC, members and partners are playing a key role in three exciting events happening in Durban, South Africa: the African Gender and Internet Governance eXchange, the African School on Internet Governance and the African Internet Governance Forum.
In this special edition, GenderIT.org shares the experiences and reflections on the recent AWID Forum, in which a large group of women from APC Women’s Rights Programme and partners from different countries and regions, participated enthusiastically. This year’s AWID Forum showed that the feminist movement keeps growing stronger worldwide, and is committed to a politics of diversity and inclusion.
Every year since 2004, on the third Saturday in September, hundreds of events are organised in dozens of cities around the world to increase “awareness of free software and its virtues” and to encourage use of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) in a global event called Software Freedom Day.
APC is gearing up for three exciting events starting soon in Durban, South Africa: the African Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigX), the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF).
Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"
APCNews spoke with Mohammed al-Maskati, a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, during the recent Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) Summit in Tunis.
The UN Human Rights Council passed a groundbreaking resolution today concerning the safety of journalists. APC welcomes this landmark resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists, its recognition that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and its call on all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists.
“Together for a free and open internet” is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis.
Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council, one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism.
The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place 12-30 September 2016, and will address the human rights situation in numerous countries where rights violations extend to the online environment. This session will also consider a number of thematic reports that recognise the importance of ICTs for the full realisation of human rights.
APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. We are deeply concerned about the implications this will have for the possibility to reinforce the use of the internet as a platform for public deliberation and debate, accountability, and dissent, and for the realisation of human rights.