From May 21 to June 4 2012, the second cycle of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will begin at the UN in Geneva. The UPR is a mechanism for states to tell other countries what they have achieved in promoting human rights – but also for non-state actors to raise issues of concern. Read this special edition of GenderIT.org to learn more about the current discussions about women’s human rights on the internet.
The internet allows women to access critical information, enables them to make decisions about their selves, lives and bodies, and to exercise autonomy and self-determination. Follow the APC WNSP and @genderITorg at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) forum in Istanbul: #ftxawid to learn more about how the internet is a feminist issue.
Valeria Betancourt, manager of APC’s Communications and Information Policy Programme, explains a report submitted by APC and partners to the government of Ecuador, which aims to contribute to the Universal Periodic Review process by making recommendations about the relationship between freedom of expression online and access to the internet for Ecuadorian women´s lives.
APC members and staff will be participating in the 12th international forum by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in Istanbul, Turkey from 19-22 April 2012. The theme is “Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice”, and APC Women’s Networking Support Programme will be hosting a number of workshops and pre-events on the feminist practices and politics of the internet.
Follow this intensive summer course designed to help both researchers and activists gain new insights into the role which civil society can play in advocating for free expression online and communication policy change.
When the Government of Pakistan announced that it would be filtering the internet, Bytes for All initiated a major campaign against what it called an unconstitutional decision. Supported by multiple national and international human rights organisations, news has been released that the plans to filter Pakistani internet have been cancelled.
Together with its partners, APC is pleased to announce the fifth regional preparatory meeting in LAC for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held in late 2012. As with the four previous IGF events, the purpose of the meeting is to provide a space for multi-stakeholder political dialogue.
Drawing on findings from APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project with women’s rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this paper explores the links between the internet, cell phones and violence against women and illustrates that technology-related violence impacts women as seriously as other forms of violence.
APC member Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) in Kenya was one of two winners of the 2012 UNESCO-IPDC prize for rural communication, along with the Nepal Forum of environmental journalists, for its innovative effots to improve communication for rural communities in developing countries.
SANGONeT turns 25 in 2012. To celebrate this achievement, SANGONeT’s CEO, David Barnard, will run 750km across three deserts on three continents as part of the annual SANGONeT “No Pain No Gain” campaign. Now in its third year, the 2012 campaign will be bigger and more challenging than ever before.
This year, Pakistan Day, held on 23 March 2012, was marred with oppression against the people of Baluchistan in the South of the country through province-wide communications blockages. All cellular phone networks were shut down throughout the day of celebration in the name of national security. Bytes for All strongly condemns the ban.
Climate change is increasingly affecting the availabily and quality of water world wide, and the poorest are, as usual, the hardest hit. In April APC and the IDRC will release a series of research reports that explore how ICTs can help individuals and communities adapt to water issues related to climate change.
While some women were being showered with flowers to celebrate international women’s day, Afghani women activists were diligently learning new tech skills at a four-day Feminist Tech Exchange held in Kabul by the APC women’s programme. The experience has left them with much more than just technology skills.
The intersection between the internet and human rights is increasingly important as the internet starts to affect more aspects of society, economy, politics and culture. This report maps this intersection and raises a number of questions to be considered by those concerned with internet, rights and wider public policy.
Although in Argentina a debate does exist on the spectrum, it prioritises aspects related to broadcasting and obscures those related to telecommunications. Florencia Roveri and Flavia Fascendini of Nodo Tau clarify this issue in this interview conducted as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.
In an interview with APC, Maicu Alvarado and Gabriela Perona of CEPES share experiences of using the spectrum with a positive social impact and offer guidelines for thinking collectively about policies for managing the spectrum that aim for more than simply economic growth.
In Venezuela, community uses of the spectrum are privileged at the cost of generating uncertainty in the private sector. This discourages major investments in telecommunications and a wider discussion of the subject, according to Sandra Benítez and Ermanno Pietrosemoli of EsLaRed in this interview with APC.
Lack of knowledge about the ways that policies relating to the spectrum affect people’s lives is one of the primary obstacles for the participation of civil society in the regulatory debate. Marco Navas Alvear promotes solutions for this problem in this interview by APC as part of the “Open spectrum for development” project.
Management of the spectrum in Colombia is migrating towards a more flexible and participatory model. Nevertheless there is still a need for greater involvement of community media and social organisations as a counterweight to the voice of the commercial operators in discussions on the management of the spectrum, according to Lilian Chamorro of Colnodo, in this interview with APC.
From access-centred work to rights-based work, APC’s mission has been continually evolving in the past 21 years. In this premier edition of Digital Rights Watch’s “In Focus” series, Mark Boudreau interviews APC to find out more about the intersection of human rights, censorship and surveillance and APC’s ever-changing work.