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The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan
The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan 09 August 2019 Amel Ghani and Sadaf Khan

The general understanding in Pakistan is that there are differences between the ways men and women access and use the internet. These ideas come from the patriarchal nature of our society and the perceptions that exist in relation to men and women. This study aims to understand the internet perceptions of Pakistani users specifically from the lens of gender. The idea is to explore how men and women perceive the opposite gender’s use of the internet and, in comparison, how they view their ow...

How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan?
How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan? 09 August 2019 APCNews

The intersection of gender and technology in Pakistan is the focus of the latest instalment of the SheConnects series by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), an APC member organisation in Pakistan. The series, which is a the result of an APC small grant, is part of MMfD’s Digital Rights Monitor. It includes 12 feature articles that cover issues from threats to female journalists online, love and relationships in the digital age, parenting, menstrual care and the situation of trans people in ...

Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance
Fostering discussion, learning and participation: The APC community’s work in 2018 to support civil society’s role in internet governance 17 July 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Internet governance is understood as including the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the internet globally. As the information society continues to expand, so too does the need for effective, rights-based development of cyberspace regulation and structures. APC and its network have been ...

Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon
Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon 05 July 2019 Pellaeon Lin

In the realm of internet freedom and digital rights, there are two big global events: the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) and RightsCon. This year, I had the honour of becoming one of the IFF fellows (my first time attending the IFF!) and attending my third RightsCon, as part of my organisation Open Culture Foundation, with the support of APC’s Member Exchange and Travel Fund. I often hear pe...

Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy
Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy 13 June 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Fighting for a free and open internet for all involves recognising the many ways that online access and experience are affected by identity and social position. This understanding has not only informed but motivated the work of APC and its community throughout our existence. Our projects always seek, in one way or another, to level the digital playing field. One of the most significant factors ...

Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality
Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality 29 May 2019 APCNews

Award-winning digital imprint Deep Dives is back with a new season of essays. The recently launched new collection, called “Bodies of Evidence”, will feature writings that explore the intersection of big data, bodies, gender and sexuality. An initiative of Mumbai-based non-profit and APC member Point of View, Deep Dives specialises in long-form journalism, personal narrative, art, poetry an...

The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts
The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts 07 May 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Amid growing concern about digital surveillance and the restriction of rights online, APC and its network have continued to fight for a free and open internet that protects and enables human rights for all. This focus has been crucial to our mandate and mission since the outset, and it remains one of our key strategic priorities today. In 2018, APC and its network made strides to address the ch...

Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians
Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians 29 March 2019 Anan AbuShanab

A new report on Palestinian digital rights was launched by APC member 7amleh-The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, which received an APC project grant in 2018. The report details violations by governments, authorities, international technology companies and Palestinian society. In 2018, the Israeli government continued to systematically target Palestinians ...

"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression
"Are You Ready?": New film explores how Myanmar's Article 66(D) affects freedom of expression 14 March 2019 APCNews

Article 66(D) of Myanmar's 2013 Telecommunications Law, which provides for up to three years in prison for “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing, causing undue influence or threatening any person using a telecommunications network,” has had a dramatic impact on free speech in the country. The law is frequently used to silence dissent, and with more tha...

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. From all the posts mentioning the term “Arabs”, 1 out of 10 contain an insult or an invitation to violence against Palestinians. These are some of the revelations included in the Index of Racism...

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