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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 and the right to freedom of expression via the internet, the report found. Israeli authorities arres...

"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 than 100 cases filed, its chilling effect on freedom of expression is widespread. To counter this, APC ...

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...

KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?
KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? 19 February 2019 KICTANet

"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a...

Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda
Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda 09 January 2019 WOUGNET

The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from current or former male partners. For such cases, it is then referred to as Technology-related Violence Against Women (Tech-related VAW). Tech-related VAW encompasses acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggrava...

Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar
Raising awareness of human rights online in Myanmar 03 January 2019 APCNews

This is a version of an article published by EngageMedia on their website. To commemorate International Human Rights Day, APC member EngageMedia, along with also member Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) and Phandeeyar Innovation Lab, organised a film screening and discussion on 16 December 2018 in Yangon. It featured two short films that showcased the...

APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia
APC members in 2017: Building and supporting community cellular networks in Brazil and Colombia 29 September 2018 Rhizomatica

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. Thanks to support through an APC subgrant, Rhizomatica was able to support a number of emerging initiatives in Brazil and Colombia regarding community cellular networks. These are basically community-based networks that use 2G cellular technology as a way to facilitate communication between people...

APC members in 2017: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America
APC members in 2017: Latin America in a Glimpse 2017: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America 25 September 2018 Derechos Digitales

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on a feminist internet. The internet exists thanks to the work of many women who have been rendered invisible, shut out from spaces of power, and also subjected to violence. Different organisations around the world have attempted to respond to, fight back against and change this reality. We have learned a lot from...

APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria
APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria 25 September 2018 CITAD

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. As the entry examination for tertiary education institutions becomes fully computer-based in Nigeria, most girls' secondary schools in Kano state still do not have computer laboratories or internet access. Research conducted by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on a sample of...

Conversations on net neutrality in Bangladesh
Conversations on net neutrality in Bangladesh 20 September 2018 APCNews

APC member organisation Bytesforall Bangladesh recently conducted a series of interviews with a number of prominent information and communications technology (ICT) and telecom experts to understand the current landscape, awareness, activities and policy framework around net neutrality in Bangladesh. The conversations served as an exercise in stocktaking, and covered issues from regulatory, righ...

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