In his introduction to this year’s edition to Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online, David Sasaki explores the the double-edged sword of the internet as a tool for transparency, and how omnipresent observation by our peers can lead to greater accountability.
All initiatives, researches or innovation projects in the field of ICTs for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that have made a significant contribution to the use of the Internet for the region’s social, economic and cultural development since 2008 may apply for the 2013 FRIDA Award+.
Colnodo, KICTANet, and Foundation for Media Alternatives, all APC members and partners in the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” were recognised with additional funding to support elements of their work focusing on the promotion of women’s rights and safety online.
On February 5, 2013 the Philippines Supreme Court extended until further notice the temporary restraining order issued on the implementation of the controversial Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This sets a milestone for organisations and individuals advocating for internet rights.
While hidden cameras can document and flag human rights abuses by authoritarian governments, these same videos can then be used to identify dissidents who are later detained and tortured, explains David Sasaki in his introduction to this year’s Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online.
The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011 looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.
Just months after the Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests in the central town of Ismayilli and denounce heavy police brutality. Some 40 participants were detained, including prominent blogger Emin Milli, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and human rights defenders.
The Association for Progressive Communications today released a new resource “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” It is an interactive website publication available online at http://rights.apc.org/infosec
Representatives of women’s party-list group Gabriela are pushing for amendments to the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act as an alternative to the Anti-Cybercrime Law’s provisions on “cyber” violence against women in Philippines.
Four training sessions on the use of Ushahidi and collecting data on gender-based violence took place on December 2012 under the Spider project lead by APC member in Cambodia Open Institute. The training was attended by 108 commune/sangkat councilors and members of commune/sangkat committees in charge of women and children from different Cambodian provinces.
Bytes for All, Pakistan is mourning the devastating loss of Irfan Ali Khudi, a renowned and brave human rights defender from Quetta, Balochistan. Irfan Ali lost his life in a blast last evening during a series of suicide attacks at Rehmat Chowk, Alamdar Road, Quetta.
The Digital World 2012 – Knowledge to Prosperity conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh 6-8 December was an amazing mashup of private sector, government and civil society united in their interest in ICT for development. As coordinator of APC’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project, Jan Moolman presented Take Back the Tech! in a session spotlighting tech-related violence against women.
The 2012 TBTT campaign featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of them presented a different way that ICTs affect the lives of women around the world. This GenderIT.org edition, editorialized by Françoise Mukuku from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflects on some of the issues emerged from these stories of survivor and courage.
At a recent civil society workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-organised by APC with Global Partners, NUPEF Institute and the Fundação Getulio Vargas, groups from the region looked beyond the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai (WCIT) and outlined the following positive principles for constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue.
“Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.
In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.
South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.
The recently launched online mapping platform developed by the Association for Progressive Communications in partnership with APC member AZUR Developpement under the Africatti project, will contribute to holding the Congo government accountable on domestic violence in a country where serious incidents of gender based violence and human rights violations take place.
APC’s Connect Your Rights campaign is teaming up with the global campaign Take Back The Tech – fighting violence against women – on its 12th day of action (from 16). We are offering three stories to make the case for urgent action on sex worker rights, online and offline. Read more and be sure to sign our petition.
Do you remember the culture jamming actions against official websites in Uganda last August? Anonymous activists managed to modify content on presidential and governmental websites in a way that showed the government as apologizing to the Ugandan LGBT community for repeated persecution of gays and lesbians. Just a few months later, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is there again and it could be passed into law imminently.