Civil society and governments agree on the urgent need for a feminist Global Digital Compact (GDC) 09 April 2024 By Francia Baltazarparra

At the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), APC co-organised an event for advocacy around women’s rights in the digital sphere and the impact of the UN's Global Digital Compact (GDC) on the lives of women.

Safety for Voices: Call for applications for subgrants 08 April 2024

These subgrants are designed to support the development and implementation of holistic safety strategies, including research, advocacy and capacity building, through initiatives that explore the intersections between technology and land and environmental issues.

Third launch of FIRN project: Global South feminist perspective into technology-facilitated gender-based violence 04 April 2024 By Tigist Shewarega Hussen and Srinidhi Raghavan

We are excited to announce the third iteration of the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN). Partnering with 10 new researchers from the global South, the network will engage with 18-month research projects that focus on technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV).

Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence

Joint statement

Joint statement: Finding the good in the first UN General Assembly resolution on artificial intelligence

Stakeholders far from UN grounds benefit when states clarify their position on new and emerging technologies and how international law, including international human rights law, and sustainable development commitments apply to fields like artificial intelligence.

AI to advance gender equality: Challenges and opportunities

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AI to advance gender equality: Challenges and opportunities

This statement was delivered by Karla Velasco Ramos, the APC Women’s Rights Programme policy advocacy coordinator, at the interactive dialogue on artificial intelligence to advance gender equality” during the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68).

Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 3: SADC's Rocky Path - The challenges of biometric and digital identity systems

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Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 3: SADC's Rocky Path - The challenges of biometric and digital identity systems

This issue of Digital Rights Southern Africa makes clear that there is no or slow commensurate roll-out of measures to ensure that biometric data collection and processing systems are secure and to the actual benefit of the societies in which they are being implemented.

APC statement at the OEWG Virtual Informal Dialogue with the Chair

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APC statement at the OEWG Virtual Informal Dialogue with the Chair

APC believes that civil society has a key role to play in the implementation of cybersecurity norms through research grounded in local and national contexts, and increasing awareness and building capacity of stakeholders for norms compliance.

APC submission on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly

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APC submission on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly

This submission was developed in response to the call for input from the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, for a thematic report addressing the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

Hybrid events guide 101

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Hybrid events guide 101

This guide is aimed at hosts who want to hold and facilitate hybrid convenings/events, and is based on APC’s experience and learning from the last two years. This new format requires a double effort to plan, run and support the event in such a way that all participants feel part of the...

Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 2: Privacy at risk – challenges to data and online security

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Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 2: Privacy at risk – challenges to data and online security

What this edition of Southern Africa Digital Rights serves to spotlight is that privacy and data protections remain and will continue to remain areas that civil society in the region must continue to monitor and address.

APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact

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APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact

In its contribution to this round of consultations, APC stressed the vital importance of ensuring the effective consideration of civil society voices in the Global Digital Compact negotiation phase.

Policy explainers

Bridging the digital divide: Insights from the Africa Community Networks Exchange 09 April 2024 Maria José Casares García

Community networks in Africa stand as beacons of innovation and resilience. Through a series of four webinars, Tanda Community Network along with APC and and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative helped with capacity building and explored such networks' challenges, triumphs and how to support them in bridging the digital divide.

“This is a Zionist model”: Atrocities propaganda is another weapon in Israel’s genocide kit against Palestine 08 April 2024 Hija Kamran

APC and Noor co-organised a discussion with six Palestinian feminist activists, researchers, academics and content creators to discuss how Israel weaponises gendered disinformation and atrocities propaganda to continue its genocide in Palestine.

Oxford reflections: Charting a course through digital surveillance, AI's double-edged sword and global cyber politics 28 March 2024 Gilbert Beyamba

The writer presents some key takeaways from the 2023 Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) programme at University of Oxford, which he attended with the help of an APC grant. 

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In this weekly column, longstanding associate of APC David Souter looks at different aspects of the digital society. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs.

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