Access to information

What you need to know about censorship in China around COVID-19
What you need to know about censorship in China around COVID-19 05 May 2020 Dana Zhang for GenderIT

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified our need for a safe and secure internet. This article explores what happened at the original epicentre of the pandemic and what measures of internet censorship were deemed necessary by the Chinese government to bring it under control.

APC webinar: What does 5G mean for global connectivity efforts?
APC webinar: What does 5G mean for global connectivity efforts? 05 May 2020 APCNews

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of connectivity in staying informed has become more evident than ever. As this recent webinar makes clear, 5G is not conducive to reaching those who are currently disconnected, but will probably instead further the digital divide.

Supporting human rights online in times of crisis: A collection of useful resources
Supporting human rights online in times of crisis: A collection of useful resources 03 May 2020 APCNews

In these exceptional times, APC wishes to send our solidarity and appreciation for connecting with us. While we are distancing ourselves physically, we continue to stay closer than ever to each other and share tools and resources as well as support.

KICTANet proposals to the Kenyan judiciary on the use of video conferencing in judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic
KICTANet proposals to the Kenyan judiciary on the use of video conferencing in judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic 30 April 2020 Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

In response to the rapid adoption of video conferencing technologies for court proceedings, KICTANet has submitted a series of recommendations to the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya to deal with the challenges involved in moving open court procedures to virtual sessions.

WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation
WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation 28 April 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge for WOUGNET

The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) warns of the proliferation of COVID-19-related fake news on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as other ways in which misinformation is spread in rural areas.

Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan
Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan 27 April 2020 Kyaw Lynn for Coconet

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

#KeepItOn: Open letter to the government of India on lifting internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic
#KeepItOn: Open letter to the government of India on lifting internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic 27 April 2020 Various

APC joined the #KeepItOn coalition and 41 international rights groups from around the world in an open letter urgently calling on the government of India to restore access to 4G high-speed internet access as a first step towards the containment of the COVID-19 virus and related health needs.

Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research
Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research 22 April 2020 Various

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.

Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships
Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships 21 April 2020 Various

The open letter, signed by APC and other civil society organisations, emphasises the fundamental importance of ensuring transparency and adequately assessing the human rights impact of any public-private partnerships that the UN may enter into, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation
Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation 21 April 2020 Carmen Ferri

While social media sites tend to respond slowly or not at all to misinformation on their platforms, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken steps to address and stop the spread of misinformation, as well as to steer users towards reliable sources of information and support.

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