Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.
We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights.
Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector
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.
ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.
Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil. Presentation at 157th session at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Advances in the use of ICTs have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression, but these technology advances are also leading to growing consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media.
“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.
This joint written submission raises serious concerns regarding the potential impact of initiatives to counter
and “prevent violent extremism” on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.