Announcing GISWatch 2024 Special Edition: Reclaiming a people-centred information society through WSIS+20 21 February 2024 By APCNews

APC, in partnership with IT for Change and with the support of WACC, are preparing to launch a special edition of APC’s groundbreaking periodic publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) on the theme of WSIS+20: Reclaiming a people-centred information society, examining priorit...

A region grappling with digital rights deficits 16 February 2024 By Federico Links

The second issue of the online digest Southern Africa Digital Rights serves to spotlight that privacy and data protections remain and will continue to remain areas that civil society in the region must continue to monitor and address. 

Five hopeful stories of community networks rethinking technologies from our podcast series 30 January 2024 By Débora Prado

Can communities shape digital technologies in favour of their environments, cultures, knowledge and well-being? This piece present five inspiring stories from the Routing for Communities podcast showcasing how connectivity and the use of technology gain meaning from local demands.

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

Submission

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

Guide

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

Online digest

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.

Coalition of international organisations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms

Joint open letter

Coalition of international organisations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms

This open letter expresses deep concern over Meta's proposed revision of its hate speech policy regarding the term "Zionist" and the potential to treat it as a proxy for Jewish and/or Israeli, which will ultimately lead to severe restrictions on legitimate political speech and debate.

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime

Joint letter

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime

Organisations spanning civil society, industry and the technical community, including APC, urge governments to consider withholding support for the draft UN cybercrime treaty in its current incarnation. If adopted without major changes, this treaty's risks far outweigh its potential benefits.

Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms

Joint letter

Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms

Over 200 organisations including APC sent a joint letter to UN representatives calling on them to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms, in light of concerns regarding civil society access and participation in these spaces.

APC policy explainer: Cybercrime and gender

Policy explainer

APC policy explainer: Cybercrime and gender

Looking at cybercrime from a gender lens means to recognise and take into account the lived experiences of women and people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions, to understand their needs and priorities, and address the differentiated impacts of cybercrime.

Policy explainers

This podcast series tackles critical digital issues in the Asia-Pacific 19 February 2024 Jen Tarnate and Katerina Francisco

The Pretty Good Podcast Live, produced with APC support, raises awareness of critical digital issues in the Asia-Pacific such as digital security, open technology, internet freedom, data privacy and more. These stories reflect the resilience and innovation in the region’s digital rights community, showcasing a path forward amid challenges.

How is your digital well-being? 16 February 2024 Nat Sumon

We all see the the impact of our digital usage but don’t often think about our digital well-being. An innovative Thai project developed workshops for women and LBQ activists on coping better with digital technology and activism, and suggested a new paradigm of using digital tools while also caring about everyone’s well-being.

Inside the Digital Society: Notes on a Scandal 15 February 2024 David Souter

The British Post Office scandal was a failure of both technology and human systems. The software didn’t work, but too many people thought that whatever the computer said had to be right. This has several lessons for us about trust in computer and AI systems as well as the need for strong institutions and media.

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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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