Issue papers

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms - Background Paper
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms - Background Paper 24 March 2015

This paper provides background to the context, issues and trends in internet regulation and internet rights so as to stimulate further reflection on the importance of freedom of the internet in Africa, especially in the face of growing controversies over the governance of cyberspace.

GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey
GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey 01 September 2014

This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online. The assessment is based on t...

APC priorities for the ninth Internet Governance Forum
APC priorities for the ninth Internet Governance Forum 29 August 2014

This document presents an overview of the main themes of the 2014 IGF from a civil society perspective. It is a great introduction for people who are new to the IGF process, as well as a useful guide for those already familiar with it.

Press brief: What are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube doing about violence against women?
Press brief: What are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube doing about violence against women? 05 August 2014

What is the issue? Women visit social media sites more often than men and spend more time on them. Women send more tweets and share more posts. Women drive content, advertising and engagement, but by simply showing up on these platforms, they also face violence, with little support on the part of companies that profit from them. Although Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have made some effort to r...

A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?
A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake? 03 May 2013

The security of digital networks and of networked digital information is increasingly important to stakeholders in governments, the private sector and civil society. This paper introduces some important conceptual is- sues in cyber security; investigates some important cyber security threats, and provides suggestions on what a civil society approach to cyber security should look like.

Human rights and Internet protocols: comparing processes and principles
Human rights and Internet protocols: comparing processes and principles 13 December 2012

The Internet is a network that empowers at the edges, rather that the centre, rendering it a profoundly democratic and rights-fostering platform. Human rights are principles that seek to empower those at the margins rather than at the centre of power, rendering them a fundamentally empowering framework for individuals. This paper explores human rights and Internet protocols by comparing the pro...

Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet
Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet 09 August 2012

Demonstrations in the middle-east and student protests in Chile or Quebec have shown that the internet can augment the capacity of citizens to form associations and organise protests. Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach of associations, provide powerful ways to organise peaceful assemblies online and on the streets. Thi...

Voices from digital spaces: Technology-related violence against women (Executive Summary)
Voices from digital spaces: Technology-related violence against women (Executive Summary) 19 April 2012

Drawing on findings from APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech!i 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.

Human rights online: New issues and threats
Human rights online: New issues and threats 21 September 2011

This Connect your Rights! policy issue paper from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges that activists and human rights defenders are facing. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide – even in democratic countries – the work and lives of human rights defenders are being threatened. APC...