The digital divide in India: How access to technology and reliable information affects India’s response to the pandemic 09 June 2021 By APCNews

With more than 349,000 deaths and more than 2.5 million active cases, people in India are struggling in the midst of an unrelenting surge of COVID-19 infections. How can we leverage technology to ensure access to reliable information in the midst of fake news and misinformation?

New Asia-Pacific video platform highlights social and environmental films 04 June 2021 By EngageMedia

EngageMedia has launched Cinemata.org, a platform for social and environmental films about the Asia-Pacific that curates videos in a variety of styles and genres, including documentary, fiction, animation, experimental, and more.

APC at RightsCon 2021 03 June 2021 By APC

APC sees RightsCon as a convening space for strategising and networking, as well as an opportunity to showcase APC’s work and perspectives on human rights in the digital space, a feminist internet, access and digital inclusion, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis

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Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis

As international, regional and national civil society organisations working at the intersection of technology and human rights, we call on the world's governments to lift the intellectual property barriers that hinder universal access to health care and free COVID-19 vaccination for all.

End the wave of digital censorship in India

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End the wave of digital censorship in India

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

APC statement on the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria

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APC statement on the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria

APC joins in the condemnation of the suspension of Twitter services in Nigeria, and considers that this measure not only limits Nigerian citizens' exercise of their right to access information, but also other rights including freedom of expression, privacy, and freedom of assembly and association.

EROTICS regional survey 2020: A different contextual exploration on sexuality, rights and the internet

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EROTICS regional survey 2020: A different contextual exploration on sexuality, rights and the internet

Between August 2018 and October 2020, APC’s partners carried out this regional survey related to sexuality on the internet in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This publication is based on the country regional surveys conducted in local languages by EROTICS partners and focal points.

The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights

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The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights

From 6 to 18 May 2021, 7amleh worked to document and respond to the digital rights violations occurring during the 2021 Israeli attacks on Gaza, on Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel, and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

Civil society organisations submit recommendations for upcoming Human Rights Council elections

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Civil society organisations submit recommendations for upcoming Human Rights Council elections

APC is joining a group of organisations in sending letters to regional groups of states at the UN concerning the elections at the Human Rights Council, containing civil society recommendations for ensuring a competitive process and minimum standards for states that want to be elected to the HRC.

Uganda’s digital ID system: A cocktail of discrimination

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Uganda’s digital ID system: A cocktail of discrimination

This new preliminary report presents findings of a study that sought to establish the impact of a national identity card system in Uganda (commonly known as “Ndaga Muntu”) on people’s economic, social and cultural Rights (ESCRs), in relation to the state's obligation to provide services.

Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia

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Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia

The undersigned human rights and digital rights organisations urge Google to immediately halt its plan to establish a new Google Cloud region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate adverse human rights impacts.

Digital rights defenders share insights on the future of the internet and its governance in South Asia 17 June 2021 APCNews

Last year, APC organised the Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop. We are preparing a new chapter of this workshop, and we invite you to relive last year’s event through participants' shared vision for digital rights in South Asia.

Seeding change: CITAD advocates for inclusive education and access to information in Nigeria Nigeria 16 June 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? For CITAD, this has manifested in the development of numerous projects aimed at bridging digital divides and empowering local communities in Nigeria.

Inside the digital society: Digital divide or digital continuum? 15 June 2021 David Souter

I’ve never really liked the term ‘the digital divide’. Alliteration’s easy. It gains attention to an issue, which is good, but it also oversimplifies.

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