Women radically transforming a world in crisis: A virtual dialogue 06 April 2020 By APCNews

    A virtual dialogue on collective safety, co-convened by Just Associates (JASS), IM-Defensoras and APC, coincided with the launch of a new JASS tookit featuring resources for women human rights defenders. 

    Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand 06 April 2020 By Darika Bamrungchok for Coconet

    Technology has become a crucial part of the COVID-19 response, and this has raised some serious questions: Can privacy and public health security go hand in hand? Is it enough to use safeguards such as transparency and the use of intrusive technology only when absolutely necessary?

    Call for organisations to nominate and host Asia regional coordinator for community networks project 03 April 2020 By APC

    We are looking for an organisation to nominate and host the Asia regional coordinator for the “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project.

    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.

    Inside the Digital Society: Resetting digital governance London 06 April 2020 David Souter

    This is my fourth blog on the impact which the corona virus is having on the digital society. This time I’ll comment on internet/digital governance. Is this the time for re-set?

    Inside the Digital Society: How transformative is now – for society and for the digital society? London 30 March 2020 David Souter

    This is the third in a series of blogs about implications of the corona virus for the digital society. This week, some thoughts on future governance. Part two of these next week.

    Body & Data: Privacy in the pandemic Nepal 28 March 2020 Body & Data

    The coronavirus pandemic isn’t a purely medical issue, it entangles all aspects of human lives, including our privacy, protection and dignity.

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    David Souter writes a column for APC twice a month, 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.

    Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19
    Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19

    Many countries today are turning to digital technologies to provide information as well as for monitoring and controlling people infected with the virus, which alerts us to the potential impact of these technologies on people’s fundamental rights.

    Joint civil society statement on Myanmar government's orders to block over 200 websites
    Joint civil society statement on Myanmar government's orders to block over 200 websites

    In the last two weeks of March 2020, the government issued several directives to Myanmar telecom operators ordering them to block at least 221 websites. We believe that the government’s order to block these websites lacks an adequate legal basis and is in violation of international human rights...

    Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights
    Joint civil society statement: States' use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights

    Over 100 organisations from around the world signed a joint statement stressing that digital surveillance to fight COVID-19 can only be justified if it respects human rights, and setting out conditions that must be met before the use of surveillance technology to fight the pandemic.

    Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights
    Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights

    The undersigned organisations express their concern over the announcement of the use of satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals as part of the disease containment measures established in Ecuador to confront the COVID-19 epidemic.

    CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People
    CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People

    This report presents an overview of the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) held in December 2019. The three-day summit in southern India brought together practitioners of community networks and community radio stations from 12 countries in Asia and South America.

    HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
    HRC43: APC statement on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

    APC and the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization thank the Special Rapporteur for her report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, particularly for highlighting how ICTs are being leveraged to perpetuate violations against religious minorities such as the Rohingya.

    HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India
    HCR43: APC statement on the escalating violence in India

    In this statement delivered during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC speaks to the deteriorating political situation in India and the increase in violence following the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act. 

    HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender
    HRC43: APC statement on privacy and gender

    In this statement delivered during the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC welcomed a gender perspective being integrated into the work of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and the adoption of intersectionality as a framework in the digital age.

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