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.
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.
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.
“As an international network and non-profit organisation that believes the internet is a global public good, we would like to extend our congratulation to the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for this work,” said APC in reference to a landmark report discussed at the UN in May 2012.
Behind cryptic titles, you can sometimes discover the best stories. Conceptualising accountability and recourse is of that breed. The report goes all the way back to 1945, when human rights originated. It tells the story of new spaces where human rights are exercised and those in which they are violated. For the latter, “accountability mechanisms” exist…
To the best of my knowledge there were no casualties.
Today APC hosted its event at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session. The event, which focused on freedom of expression on the internet, featured speakers from across the world — including special guest Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.
The Office Québécois de la Langue Française, Canada’s official French linguistic authority, is using APC’s 105-word ICT- and human rights-related glossary in a new database that it is creating in partnership with an international francophone linguistic network, Rifal. The database is to act as a standing linguistic reference across the francophone world and can now be accessed online.
This guide was developed by The Association for Progressive Communications APC for the project Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The development was supported by Fundación Comunica2. The guide is aimed towards providing the national focal points in Peru, Uruguay and Ecuador with guidelines for how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate participatory policy making process.
The main issues that the guide addresses are:
- How researchers can effectively and strategically use new information and communication technologies (ICTs), specifically Web 2.0 tools, to publish and publicise their research processes and findings so that they can reach policy makers and activists.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to establish links with policy makers and other stakeholders involved in their issues.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion and / or debate on issues based on their research findings.
The document is available in hybrid pdf format – you can view it in pdf viewer or open and edit in OpenOffice if you have this OpenOffice plug-in installed (one click install after clicking on “Get It!”).
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) promotes the internet for social justice and development. This video that explains a bit about what APC is and does.