7amleh concluded the online version of the Palestine Forum for Digital Activism 2020 with the participation of a quarter million Palestinians, Arabs and internationals. The conference was adapted from an offline event with 1,000 participants to an online event in two weeks.
7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media warns of Israel committing mass violations of digital rights, especially the right to privacy, under the pretext of managing the health crisis caused by the coronavirus.
A number of key issues for internet rights are on the agenda at HRC41, including the surveillance technology industry and freedom of assembly and association in the digital age. The session also presents the opportunity to address critical violations of internet rights in places like Ecuador, Myanmar, Palestine, Sudan and Tanzania, among others.
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. These are some of the revelations in the Index of Racism 2018 launched by APC member 7amleh.
The forum will be attended by organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including APC, Deutsche Welle, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with activists, journalists, students and jurists from the West Bank, Jerusalem, Haifa, Taybeh and Gaza Strip.
In order to exert pressure on the Palestinian government, coalitions held meetings between civil society representatives and governmental bodies concerning amendment of the law in 2017. These ongoing discussions in addition to campaigns launched by activists, journalists and lawyers compelled the government to issue a new law no. 10 in 2018 regarding Cybercrime.
7amleh Center publishes research on Palestinian civil society organisation’s digital activism and training needs.
7amleh - Arab Center for Social Media Advancement published an innovative research analysing digital rights violations and threats in Palestine, with support from APC.
Hundreds of students, activists and human rights defenders attended the second Palestine Digital Activism Forum in Ramallah on 17 January 2018. The event was hosted by 7amleh – the Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, a non-profit organisation aimed at enabling Palestinian and Arab civil society, which has been a member of the APC network since June 2017.
APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, and funds were also used to support the research for 28 national GISWatch 2017 reports.