This issue paper addresses the degree to which gender and women’s rights feature in Internet governance, in multiple interconnected ways including, but certainly not limited to, access, content and representation. Gender and women’s rights occupy a largely rhetorical role in today’s discussion of Internet governance.
Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development
We are re-launching the Betinho Communications Prize, which will go to the most significant contribution in using the internet for social justice and development. And we are doing it at a very symbolic time for APC.
APC is mobilising for the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in João Pessoa, Brazil on 10–13 November 2015. Leading and participating in workshops and side events and prompting dialogue around internet rights, public access and digital privacy, APC will play a key role in influencing internet governance around the world. This page is your go-to resource.
In India, Malaysia and Pakistan, technology-related human rights violations are commonplace, yet few human rights defenders and civil society organisations have the capacity to identify and respond to technology-related human rights violations. The APC-IMPACT project is using the Internet Rights Are Human Rights curriculum to provide human rights defenders with knowledge, tools, networks and support to respond to these violations, and to communicate more safely online.
The attack against APC and Take Back the Tech and efforts to hijack the #takebackthetech hashtag, which has involved people who self-associate with #Gamergate posting threats targeting members of our community and images that depict women being subjected to physical and sexual violence, illustrate how women’s and girls’ voices are silenced on social networking platforms by violent and sexist expression.
On Friday the 9th of October 2015, misoynists, trolls and a variety of people who associate with the #Gamergate hashtag decided to occupy and corrupt the #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet hashtags by posting thousands of anti-feminist and misogynistic tweets and memes. This online attack against feminist activism online is deliberate, planned, and coordinated and it’s only one example of the attack that feminists face online.
The Association for Progressive Communications, the Due Diligence Project, and the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute are organising a two-day expert group meeting on “Due diligence for violence against women online: The role of the state and internet intermediaries” to be held in Florence, Italy on 15-16 October 2015.
During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting in Mexico City, APCNews interviewed Mario Morales from Colombia, who recently joined APC as an individual member, to find out more about his work and his reasons for becoming part of the APC network.
Fundación REDES, an organisation based in La Paz, Bolivia that works both nationally and regionally, recently joined the APC network as a new member. APCNews talked to Eduardo Rojas, the executive director of REDES, at the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting held in Mexico City.
The 30th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 14 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva. Internet rights are to be discussed during this session in the context of participation in political and public life, racism and xenophobia, communications network shutdowns, mass and targeted surveillance, encryption, and restrictions on access to information and communication technologies.