In edition 4 of the MIND magazine, which questions human rights in internet governance, Joy Liddicoat of the Association for Progressive Communications makes the point that freedom of expression only takes its full force for democratic change when we can exercise it together with all of our other rights and freedoms. She argues that human rights must be a main focus of all discussions at the IGF.
A survey of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) conducted as part of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign revealed some interesting practices and perceptions in terms of their use of information and communications technologies in their work. Read an analysis.
GenderIT.org contributor Daysi Flores looks at a number of new cybercrime laws in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala that pose a threat to online security, the right to privacy, and freedom of expression and association for the countries’ citizens in general, but for women human rights defenders in particular.
APC stands in solidarity with the Expression Online Initiative, which expressed serious concerns regarding violations of UN principles currently taking place at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The violations include restrictions on freedom of expression and association and failure to guarantee equal rights for every participant. Read Expression Online’s open letter.
New materials from the Nexus for ICTs Climate Change and Development (NICCD) site now available in French and Spanish. Materials include guides for policy-makers and research briefs.
On 7 November 2012, on the second day of the IGF, APC and Hivos will launch the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on the internet and corruption. The launch will take place in Room 9 of the Baku Expo Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, at 12:30 local time.
The Internet Society and APC are working on a paper which explores human rights and internet protocols, comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate. The draft document takes a look at the parallels and differences between the open internet model of development and the exercise of human rights online, with the objective to foster discussions between the respective communities to advance an open human rights-fostering internet.
Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising that they are up for review. The question is whether the upcoming WCIT poses a ‘threat’ to the internet. See APC’s perspective on the revision of the ITRs.
The Internet Governance Forum – the 7th to be exact – will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6 to 9. What most people don’t know, is that the IGF comes at the end of a series of continental IGFs. One of them, APrIGF, the third Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum, was held in Tokyo, Japan, in July. Full outcomes from the APrIGF will be presented at the IGF next week. Here is an appetizer.
In 2011, APC successfully piloted & advocated for the formal implementation of a gender report card for IGF workshops and main sessions as a way to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion. You can contribute by filling one out at the events you take part in.
The APC network is now open to individuals as well as organisations! If you believe that the internet can be a force for creating a more just world, you belong in the APC. Apply to become a member of the world’s longest standing ‘ICT for social justice’ network.
To celebrate LACNIC’s tenth anniversary, the region’s internet authority highlighted “internet leaders” that have contributed to the information society in Latin America. Among the awarded are APC’s Valeria Betancourt and Edmundo Vitale of EsLaRed, APC’s member in Venezuela.
The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the infographic was translated to Portuguese by Brazilian group NUPEF.
This second special edition is a follow-up to the 2011 Global Information Society Watch publication. It specifically maps themes and trends that emerged in the 2011 edition, and also follows up on the action steps suggested in the country reports to see how relevant they still are one year later. The publication is available for download.
APC members and staff will be participating at this year’s Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6-9 November 2012. Once again, APC is taking a leadership role by hosting and participating in a variety of workshops throughout the week. Find out where we’ll be…
GISWatch 2012 explores how the internet is being used to ensure transparency and accountability, the challenges that civil society activists face in fighting corruption, and when the internet fails as an enabler of a transparent and fair society.
This edition of GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. While online & offline security measures adversely impact on women’s and sexual rights, women and sexual minorities are still two of the most invisible stakeholders in national security debates.
One of the first steps to address violence against women is documenting the problem. APC’s Connect Your Rights! Campaign has conducted a survey of 40 women human rights defenders from across Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, on their online experiences, their security concerns and their training needs.
Earlier in October, APCNews crossed paths with three participants at the Africa Internet Governance Forum. Grace Githaiga of Kenya, Towela Nyirenda Jere of South Africa and Lillian Nalwoga of Uganda kindly agreed to provide perspectives on internet governance in Africa.
Recent acts of violence against teenage girls Amanda Todd and Malala Yousafzai have sparked discussion about the internet’s role in perpetuating violence against women. One of the ways APC has been working to end technology-based violence against women is through a new mapping project that will help document such cases.