The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme rejects and condemns systemic, technology-related violence against women in all its expressions. The case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia who killed herself in April 2013, is yet another tragic story alongside those of Amanda Todd and Jessica Laney, two young women who also took their own lives because not only were they sexually assaulted, but the crimes against them were documented and widely disseminated, resulting in aggravated and repeated harm.
On 27 November in Quito, the National Meeting on Internet Governance – Ecuador will be a space for discussion and reflection on internet governance issues in Ecuador. The conversation will be framed within both the regional and global context, in addition to providing insights from experts on conceptual, technical and political approaches to internet governance.
APC breaks down the major outcomes of the 20th session of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review, which focussed on Egypt and Iraq among other countries. APC has followed the UPRs of Egypt and Iraq, particularly for these states’ violations of internet rights such as freedom of expression.
Highlights on tech-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico and the Philippines
APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project has achieved several milestones in the last few years, through the engagement of seven country partners who have explored the dynamics of tech-related violence against women (VAW) in their local contexts, and worked with different stakeholders in the process. 2014 opened up new possibilities and challenges for partners, and APCNews interviewed Valentina Pellizzer from OWPSEE, Erika Smith from Mexico, and Lisa García from the Foundation for Media Alternatives to get a sense of where they are at in their work against tech-related VAW.
Capacity and expertise in internet governance in Africa will take another step forward with the second annual African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The school, which has received an overwhelming response – 650 applicants, of which 45 have been selected – will take place on 21-25 November 2014 in Mauritius.
How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back? This year’s Take Back the Tech! campaign invites you to help us reframe the conversation about violence against women as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expression. Get involved!
APC and Privacy International along with a global coalition of organisations dedicated to promoting and defending the rights to privacy and freedom of expression contacted state missions to the UN to support a resolution, including a new Special Rapporteur, on the right to privacy in the digital age.
APC reviews what worked well and what didn’t work as well at the 2014 IGF in Istanbul, Turkey last September. Read our critiques and recommendations for next year’s forum in Brazil as well as our enthusiastic support to renew the IGF process for another 10 years.
APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place on this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries.
APC formally submits remarks directed at ITU member states in Busan, South Korea for the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. Read our recommendations and suggestions on topics ranging from access to the role of communications policy.
How technology informs my activism: A conversation with gender and technology activists in Barcelona
Interviewed during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, gender and technology activists Anne Roth, Hilary Goldstein, Marie Githini, and Sarah Marland, talked about how technology informs their activism and what turns them on about technology.
The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference will take place from 20 October to 7 November 2014 in Busan, South Korea. Read this FAQ to find out more about this meeting, its importance, the issues that will be discussed there, and why and how you should be involved.
The ninth Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul proved to be a space for activists, academics, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to stir the pot with ideas. APC played a key role in influencing internet governance around the world by leading and participating in more than a dozen workshops and side events with partners, decision makers and stakeholders. With talks on sex, rights and the internet, communications surveillance, public access and the digital age, here is a roundup of what went down at the annual global meeting in September 2014.
Güneş Tavmen is the author of the Global Information Society Watch Special Report on Turkey, launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Tavmen during the IGF about the state of communications regulation in Turkey and what can be done to reverse the tide of restrictive policies.
Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Internet. An initiative of APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.
Participants in Costa Rican Women's Hackathon develop software applications to solve social problems
On 30 and 31 August 2014, 39 women engineers and technologists created nine prototypes of software applications aimed at solving social problems in the north of Costa Rica, at the First Women’s Hackathon, organised by APC member organisation Sulá Batsú through its TIC-AS project, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.
In a letter from dozens of concerned civil society organisations, clear steps may improve the transparency of the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary conference. Scheduled for 20 October – 7 November in Busan, the conference has already taken some steps to open participation. As the ITU nears is 150th anniversary, stakeholders are asking it to do more to ensure transparency and inclusion. Read the letter and the ITU’s response.
Earlier this year, the Council of Europe released a report on the application of human rights to ICANN. The Non-commercial stakeholder group (NCSG) and endorsing organisations, of which APC is one, have submitted comments on that report to raise concerns about the role of governments, ICANN’s legal status and the regulation of hate speech. Follow the link to read the NCSG report.
Tactical Tech, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications, are organising a 7-day event for up to 50 women and trans people to learn tools and techniques for increasing their understanding and practice in digital security and privacy and to become digital security trainers and privacy advocates. When? December 1-8, 2014. Where? Berlin, Germany.
Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad on September, followed by a panel discussion that aimed to engage various key stakeholders in the discussion.