FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative 11 August 2020 By CIPESA for CIPESA

    On 28-30 September 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and Paradigm Initiative, with a hybrid approach that blends online and physical interactions.

    Allied Media Conference 2020 Session: Whose Internet? Our Internet! 06 August 2020 By May First Movement Technology

    At the 2020 Allied Media Conference, over 50 activists came together online to build a collective timeline documenting the relationship between the movement and technology, from the perspective of the past, present and the future.

    Coconet: What are digital rights? 04 August 2020 By Kathleen Azali for EngageMedia

    While human rights have been more clearly defined through the UN Declaration of Human Rights the same cannot be said for the terms “digital”, “technology”, or the “internet”. In that sense, what are digital rights?

    Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives Connecting the Unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives 11 March 2019

    This project will contribute to an enabling ecosystem for the emergence and growth of community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives in developing countries. It is part of a multi-year, multi-donor strategy envisaged to address the human capacity and sustainability challenges, along with the policy and regulatory obstacles, that limit the growth of community-based connectivity initiatives.

    Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

    This project seeks to protect and promote respect for freedom of religion and expression on the internet, particularly by countering hate speech online on the basis of religion, and generating narratives and discourse that defend secular and diverse opinions touching upon religion. The three-year project focuses on five countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. 

    FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

    The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by APC, funded by the International Development Research Centre. The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology”, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet collectively crafted by feminists and activists, primarily located in the global South. 

    Global Information Society Watch Global Information Society Watch 30 August 2010

    Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) is an annual report co-produced by the APC network and partners, which looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate, and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

    Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (1) 12 August 2020 Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom for GenderIT.org

    In the first half of this two-part article, Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom share a critique of the new networks that are emerging with the rushed transition to 5G, from a feminist and psychosocial perspective.

    My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19 12 August 2020 Christina Elia for GenderIT.org

    The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

    EngageMedia: A critical view of AI ethics: Looking at the substance of ethical guidelines 11 August 2020 Jun-E Tan for EngageMedia

    As technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) gain traction, the need to govern them also becomes increasingly urgent. In recent years, ethical AI has surfaced as the de facto pathway towards safer and better AI, often manifested in lists of guidelines and principles or codes of conduct.

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    David Souter writes a weekly column for APC, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights. David’s pieces take a fresh look at many of the issues that concern APC and its members, with the aim of provoking discussion and debate. Issues covered include internet governance and sustainable development, human rights and the environment, policy, practice and the use of ICTs by individuals and communities.

    Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira
    Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira

    The case of photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet in his left eye during a protest in May 2000, is on the agenda at the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, to be tried on 14 August. It is seen as an emblematic episode of violence against journalists in Brazil.

    Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression
    Civil society groups welcome Irene Khan as the new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

    APC joined with other civil society organisations to congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to highlight some broad priority themes that require particular attention.

    Open letter from human rights NGO coalition to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism
    Open letter from human rights NGO coalition to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

    APC and 14 other organisations have joined together to send a public letter to the newly appointed Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) Executive Director Nicholas Rasmussen to apprise him of threats to human rights posed by GIFCT.

    Joint statement welcomes the gains in advancing the rights of women and girls at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council
    Joint statement welcomes the gains in advancing the rights of women and girls at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

    This joint statement welcomes the resolution on elimination of discrimination against women and girls adopted at this HRC session, which focuses on multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women and girls and the measures states should take to address the same issues.

    #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court
    #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court

    The #HoldTheLine Coalition demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded.

    HRC44: Joint NGO full written end-of-session statement
    HRC44: Joint NGO full written end-of-session statement

    APC and other civil society organisations issued this joint statement at the conclusion of the 44th regular session of the Human Rights Council to welcome the advances made, express concern over continued rights violations, and put forward recommendations for future efforts by the Council.

    Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council
    Upholding human rights online in the context of COVID-19: APC statement at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council

    APC submits this written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council's 44th session to express our concerns about the online human rights implications of states’ measures adopted to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Data protection in Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic: Old problems, new challenges and multistakeholder solutions
    Data protection in Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic: Old problems, new challenges and multistakeholder solutions

    Data protection in Africa can still be described to be in its nascent stage. Most African states do not have a data protection law. This paper by Tomiwa Ilori considers the status of data protection in Africa and the impact of public emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic on data protec...

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