Access to information

Inside the Digital Society: How do we think about the internet?
Inside the Digital Society: How do we think about the internet? 17 May 2021 David Souter

How do we assess the internet environment in different countries? 

India: Instagram’s censorship of COVID-19 posts jeopardises free speech
India: Instagram’s censorship of COVID-19 posts jeopardises free speech 17 May 2021 Various

For the past few months, India has been at the centre of a devastating breakdown of public health institutions and is currently experiencing a severe public health crisis due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 DEF India: Providing relief to save lives with #CDERP2.0
DEF India: Providing relief to save lives with #CDERP2.0 12 May 2021 Digital Empowerment Foundation

As the second wave of COVID-19 hits Indian cities, rural India is also experiencing a rise in numbers, which could become a catastrophe of unimaginable scale if ignored. In response, DEF has launched an ICT-enabled and community-specific relief programme.

CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom
CIPESA: Why data rights are central to protection of online freedom 12 May 2021 CIPESA

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding data rights has become central to protecting individuals’ rights to access and share information, express themselves, and associate using the internet and related platforms.

Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda
Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda 11 May 2021 Unwanted Witness

This study sought to explore the impact of the recent internet shutdown on journalists during the election period in Uganda. It further captures specific journalist experiences of the internet shutdown on their work both in the city and countryside.

Hashtag Palestine 2020
Hashtag Palestine 2020 10 May 2021 E.M., Alison Carmel, Rahaf Salahat and Sarah Abu Alrob

#Hashtag Palestine 2020 is 7amleh’s sixth annual review of key digital rights issues facing Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, drawing on events that took place from January through December 2020.

South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access
South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access 30 April 2021 Erin Hassard for GenderIT.org

When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.

Leave no one behind: A people-centred approach to achieve meaningful connectivity
Leave no one behind: A people-centred approach to achieve meaningful connectivity 27 April 2021 Various

We call on governments, industry, multilateral institutions, civil society and international financial institutions to close the digital divide by putting people at the centre of our approach to achieving meaningful connectivity for everyone.

SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online?
SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online? 24 March 2021 SMEX

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organisations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.

How telecom companies in Africa can respond better to internet disruptions
How telecom companies in Africa can respond better to internet disruptions 24 March 2021 Victor Kapiyo, CIPESA

Disruptions to the internet and social media applications have emerged as a common and growing trend of digital repression, especially in authoritarian countries in Africa. Since 2019, numerous countries in the region have either restricted or fully blocked access to the internet.

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