Coconet: What are digital rights? 04 August 2020 By Kathleen Azali for EngageMedia

    While human rights have been more clearly defined through the UN Declaration of Human Rights the same cannot be said for the terms “digital”, “technology”, or the “internet”. In that sense, what are digital rights? 

    REG4COVID: Civil society responses to the pandemic 04 August 2020 By Marta Kopp for APCNews

    As a part of the ITU's pandemic response, the platform REG4COVID was launched, providing a space for regulators and civil society organisations around the world to share and discuss their own initiatives. APC asked their partner organisations to contribute to the platform and their submissio...

    Apply to be part of the Video4Change Network 31 July 2020 By Video4Change

    Video4Change, a consortium of human rights activists, journalists, trainers, and video practitioners who use video as their primary tool to effect social change, is taking applications for new members. 

    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.

    COVID-19 is leaving women and LGBTQIA+ people in the USA vulnerable to online surveillance 06 August 2020 Nia Tucker for GenderIT.org

    Essential workers and service workers in the United States of America, especially those who belong to LGBTQIA+ community, are increasingly more vulnerable at the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are at risk of losing employment benefits, and are subject to discrimination and surveillance at their workplace.

    Domestic abuse during COVID-19 includes financial and online abuse 29 July 2020 Halley Bondy for GenderIT.org

    There are increasing rates of domestic violence and abuse during the COVID-19 lockdowns imposed in different countries. This violence includes abuse that relies on online means and includes financial abuse and exploitation, which particularly harm the independence of those who are the targets.

    Policy reform: Working towards feminist transformation and change 22 July 2020 Mariana Fossatti for GenderIT.org

    The Feminist Internet Research Network intentionally seeks to go beyond research to impact on policy and advocacy. But what should a feminist approach to policy shifts encompass, specifically coming from the global South?

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    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.

    Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
    Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

    APC joined with other civil society organisations to congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to highlight some broad priority themes that require particular attention.

    Open letter from human rights NGO coalition to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    Open letter from human rights NGO coalition to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    APC and 14 other organisations have joined together to send a public letter to the newly appointed Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen to apprise him of threats to human rights posed by GIFCT.

    Joint statement welcomes the gains in advancing the rights of women and girls at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council
    Joint statement welcomes the gains in advancing the rights of women and girls at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

    This joint statement welcomes the resolution on elimination of discrimination against women and girls adopted at this HRC session, which focuses on multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls and the measures states should take to address the same issues.

    #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court
    #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court

    The #HoldTheLine Coalition demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded.

    HRC44: Joint NGO full written end-of-session statement
    HRC44: Joint NGO full written end-of-session statement

    APC and other civil society organisations issued this joint statement at the conclusion of the 44th regular session of the Human Rights Council to welcome the advances made, express concern over continued rights violations, and put forward recommendations for future efforts by the Council.

    Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council
    Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

    APC submits this written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council's 44th session to express our concerns about the online human rights implications of states’ measures adopted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Data protection in Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic: Old problems, new challenges and multistakeholder solutions
    Data protection in Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic: Old problems, new challenges and multistakeholder solutions

    Data protection in Africa can still be described to be in its nascent stage. Most African states do not have a data protection law. This paper by Tomiwa Ilori considers the status of data protection in Africa and the impact of public emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic on data protec...

    Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief
    Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief

    In response to the growing incidence of cyber harassment on Kenyan online platforms, KICTANet conducted a study to highlight the struggles of those affected by it, who are often women. The purpose of this policy brief is to understand the nature of cyber harassment and the existing policy gaps.

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