APC Talk

This section is a space where APC's staff, members and readers can open up conversations on topics that are of interest for the ICT community. It is a space where authors get to be themselves – sometimes to express opinions and challenge the readers on issues and topics that are close to them, sometimes to share their personal experience on an event or a current debate. The views expressed in this section do not necessarily reflect the views of APC or its network, but that does not make them any less valuable.

Rudi International: The Universal Periodic Review is taking place and there is a pressing need for recommendations on digital rights for the DRC 08 April 2019 Arsène Tungali

During its first and second Universal Periodic Review cycles, 395 recommendations were made to the DRC. The government supported more than 80% of the recommendations made, but none of these recommendations touched on human rights online.

Collective digital security strategies for environmental human rights defenders: Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

Among human rights defenders (HRDs), those working on land, indigenous peoples’ and environmental rights are the most targeted group. This session aimed at sharing collective digital security strategies used by rural communities and environmental HRDs to mitigate the risks they face.

What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 APCNews

The internet was developed with the promise of democratising access to knowledge and enabling the exercise of freedom of expression. However, the emergence of corporations with enormous market power has affected freedom of expression and diversity. To discuss the implications of these trends, the...

Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival
Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

What are the impacts of internet protocols on society? How do protocols affect discriminated groups? Can human rights and feminism be embedded in protocol designs? This was the focus of the session "Let's make internet standards feminist" at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.

Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?
Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going? 12 March 2019 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT.org

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, which especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality-related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development
Inside the Information Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development 11 March 2019 David Souter

If we’re worried about the volume of data that’s gathered about us every time we click a mouse or tap a smartscreen, surely there must be more than enough to tell us all we need to know about how the Information Society’s evolving. Not so, and especially not so when it comes to measuri...

Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement
Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement 28 February 2019 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

In this article we explore what uses women make of the internet in urban and rural parts of Manipur, India. Is this use limited to social media? What about the generation gap, and the rampant spread of election propaganda?

The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade
The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade 22 February 2019 Koliwe Majama

Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the African continent are increasingly realising can be fuelled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown.

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