Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries 01 March 2021 By APCNews

    The African Digital Rights Network has published the first study to compare the digital rights landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Cameroon.

    Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 33 25 February 2021 By APCNews for APC

    Welcome to the 33rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

    Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity 24 February 2021 By Marwa Azelmat and Verónica Ferrari

    The informal multistakeholder virtual dialogue session taking place 25 February will create opportunities for dialogue between states and other stakeholders on the issues addressed by the UN General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG).

    Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

    This project will contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

    Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

    This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. 

    FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

    The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by APC, funded by the International Development Research Centre. The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology”, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet collectively crafted by feminists and activists, primarily located in the global South. 

    Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

    Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

    How helpful are helpline numbers? 01 March 2021 Ambika Tandon and Mira Swaminathan for GenderIT.org

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in gender-based violence in India. Helplines and digital tools have been used to reach out to survivors, given the absence of physical services. But women who can't use phones, email or social media are most likely to be entirely excluded from these systems.

    Inside the Digital Society: Where should we put our data? 01 March 2021 David Souter

    Last week I wrote about digitalisation and geopolitics. This week, a closer look at one aspect of that: the tussle between global data management and national sovereignty.

    Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics London 22 February 2021 David Souter

    And what do we think the internet is made from, anyway? It is technology or is it people? Is it data moving through the ether (between bits of kit and data centres) or is it those who generate and use the data?

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    Inside the Digital Society

    David Souter writes a weekly column for APC, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

    Gender approaches to cybersecurity: Design, defence and response
    Gender approaches to cybersecurity: Design, defence and response

    "Gender Approaches to Cybersecurity" explores how gender norms shape specific activities pertaining to cybersecurity design, defence and response. In each of these three pillars, the research identifies distinct dimensions of cyber-related activities that have gendered implications and, thus, nee...

    The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa
    The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa

    This publication is a compilation of 19 articles by African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital rights in Africa.

    Statement by Myanmar human rights organisations on the Myanmar coup
    Statement by Myanmar human rights organisations on the Myanmar coup

    The undersigned organisations call on the military to immediately respect the election results, return power to the elected parliament and government, unconditionally release all those detained, refrain from all acts of violence, and restore and maintain full internet connectivity.

    Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms
    Open letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms

    APC and a coalition of over 60 other organisations are calling on Facebook and Google to provide equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms globally. Online transparency should not be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

    APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology
    APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology

    APC congratulates and welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild to his new role as United Nations Envoy on Technology. APC sees the Tech Envoy role as crucial to promoting improved coordination and synergy among different spaces and processes concerning internet governance and global digital cooperation.

    To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
    To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more

    A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.

    Arrow for Change: The right to freedom of speech and expression
    Arrow for Change: The right to freedom of speech and expression

    This volume showcases various perspectives on the right to freedom of expression and speech in the Asia-Pacific region, including contributions from Gayatri Khandhadai, APC's Asia policy regional coordinator, and Shubha Kayastha, director of Body and Data, an APC member organisation in Nepal.

    Statement by the board of directors of May First Movement Technology on the events of 6 January in Washington D.C.
    Statement by the board of directors of May First Movement Technology on the events of 6 January in Washington D.C.

    May First expresses concern over the events of 6 January 2021, which clearly demonstrate there is a large, organised and growing fascist movement in the United States, propelled by a false narrative framed and propagated by right-wing media and right-wing forces using the internet.

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