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Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector

By David Sullivan (June 2016, APC )

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector, using their three pillars – the state responsibility to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect rights, and the need for access to effective remedy when rights have been violated – to explore key issues, implementation gaps, and emerging best practices for technology companies.

A complete analysis of the impact of ICT companies on all human rights is beyond the scope of this paper, which focuses on some of the most salient rights impacted by companies, looking at both civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights. By taking stock of progress made thus far and implementation gaps, this report concludes with recommendations intended to provide a roadmap to move ICT sector risks and opportunities to the centre of the business and human rights debate.

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AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure"

26 May 2016 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

AlterMundi is, in the words of its members, “a network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology so that they can construct and maintain their own
communications systems.” In March 2016, they decided to join the APC network.

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WSIS 2016: "On its own, internet access is not enough. Let's build greater social equality"

GENEVA 6 May 2016 (APC)

The WSIS+10 review process and its commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offer a unique opportunity to focus on the interaction between technology and the various aspects of development.

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Private sector has responsibility to protect the right to free expression

28 April 2016 (APC for APCNews)

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our daily lives, the policies of a broad array of private actors have an impact on freedom of expression in the digital age. APC welcomes the focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression on the responsibilities of the ICT sector, and the opportunity to contribute to his study. While there has been significant focus on the impact of large, transnational companies, we wish to highlight other private actors whose human rights responsibilities are not as well understood.

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Freedom of expression and the private sector in the digital age

By APC (April 2016, APC )
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APC at the 2015 IGF: Event coverage

30 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Follow APC at the 2015 IGF online

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder policy dialogue space convened by the United Nations Secretary General in 2006 to “foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the internet.” At APC, we have been involved in the IGF since its inception, using it as a time for our community to come together, share expe

Jakarta Recommendations on Freedom of Expression in the Context of Religion

By Participants of Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia (June 2015, )

The Jakarta Recommendations are the outcome of discussions at a regional consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 3-5 June 2015. Over 140 people, comprised of experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, as well as human rights defenders and civil society activists from across Asia, participated in the regional consultation.

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India: Limited Access Restricting Expression

By Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) (October 2015, APC )
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Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia

By Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia) (October 2015, APC )

This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework.

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Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan

By Bytes for All, Pakistan (June 2015, APC )

Freedom of expression is a universally accepted human right. As a signatory of the ICCPR, Pakistan has committed to uphold this right in the national constitution and through local laws. This report looks at how this right is framed in the legal structure in Pakistan and how it is practised, particularly in the digital spaces, by customising the APC-La Rue Framework.

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