Internet rights are human rights

APC engages with Chair of Open-ended Working Group around the gendered implications of cyber threats
APC engages with Chair of Open-ended Working Group around the gendered implications of cyber threats 24 March 2022 APC

Women and girls as well as people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions are more often the targets of online violence, and are increasingly targeted by disinformation campaigns, which can have a more severe impact on these groups because of historical and structural inequalities.

Interview with Gayatri Khandhadai: "Tech companies’ solution to hate is really no solution"
Interview with Gayatri Khandhadai: "Tech companies’ solution to hate is really no solution" 22 March 2022 Flavia Fascendini

After six years with APC, Asia policy coordinator Gayatri Khandhadai is closing a cycle. In this interview, she takes stock of the learnings gained while coordinating policy-related initiatives and analyses the evolution of critical digital rights issues and spaces in the region.

Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist
Seeding change: Open Culture Foundation campaign blocks digital ID cards in Taiwan until privacy safeguards exist 16 March 2022 APCNews

Open Culture Foundation worked with civil society groups to push the Taiwanese government to reject digital ID cards until legislation is implemented to safeguard the privacy and information of the public.

Civil society calls for transparent and competitive election process for the Human Rights Council
Civil society calls for transparent and competitive election process for the Human Rights Council 11 March 2022 Various

APC has joined with over 30 other civil society organisations to send letters to member states of each of the five regional groups of UN member states, urging them to ensure competitive slates of candidates and further deepen the level of competition in the 2022 Human Rights Council elections.

HRC 49: Oral statement on online hate speech targeting religious minorities
HRC 49: Oral statement on online hate speech targeting religious minorities 09 March 2022 APC

APC welcomes the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief's focus on the use of hateful rhetoric in digital spaces to incite violence against religious minorities, which is of particular concern in India, where women especially are subjected to hate speech and threats online and offline.

HRC 49: Joint oral statement on privacy and data protection
HRC 49: Joint oral statement on privacy and data protection 09 March 2022 APC, Derechos Digitales and Intervozes

This joint statement to the Special Rapporteur on privacy during the 49th session of the Human Rights Council expresses the concerns of APC, Derechos Digitales and Intervozes around three aspects related to data protection regulation, with a particular focus on Latin America. 

Inside the Digital Society: Three questions about our digital assumptions at a time of war
Inside the Digital Society: Three questions about our digital assumptions at a time of war 08 March 2022 David Souter

I’ve thought long and hard about what it’s possible to write as war rains down on the heart of Europe. I’ve decided to revisit three fundamental questions about the internet and digital development, and ask if we need to reconsider what we mean by them.

"Hated Speech" and the Costs of Freedom in India
"Hated Speech" and the Costs of Freedom in India 07 March 2022 Preeti Raghunath

This research report seeks to draw out the analytical category of "hated speech" by looking at experiences and observations of what it means to speak truth to power and receive hate as it is manifested through varying degrees of violence, across a variety of instances.

Digital Rights Collaborative - Southeast Asia
Digital Rights Collaborative - Southeast Asia 03 March 2022

This project aims to strengthen the digital rights movement in Southeast Asia by gathering a cohort of 15 organisations and individuals from the region who identify as new entrants to the digital rights space in the region to advocate for and uphold digital rights.

HRC49: Open letter to states on the draft resolution on human rights defenders
HRC49: Open letter to states on the draft resolution on human rights defenders 01 March 2022 Various

The UN Human Rights Council will be discussing a draft resolution on human rights defenders operating in conflict and post-conflict situations. Our organisations call on the Council to ensure that the resolution clearly reflects the gravity and the reality of the situation defenders face daily.

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