Human rights and ICTs

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 40th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 40th session 02 March 2019 Deborah Brown and Mehar Gujral

The 40th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) opened Monday with an address by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in which he highlighted some of the key challenges for human rights today, including threats in digital environment. The Secretary-General expressed his deep alarm over the shrinking civic space in every region of the globe – and every corner of the internet, the targeting of activists and journalists, by surveillance, misinformation campaigns and threats of violenc...

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! What is the contest about? APC invites artists, cartoonists, illustrators, designers, doodle enthusiasts and anyone passionate about human rights online, in particular social movements, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and the power of technology, to develop a transformative campaign image design that will repr...

GISWatch 2019 call for proposals: Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
GISWatch 2019 call for proposals: Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 12 April 2019

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2019 Annual Report Call for proposals Terms of reference (TOR) for country reports Theme: Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development   NEW Deadline for proposals: 26 April 2019 Introduction This 2019 edition of GISWatch will focus on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) systems on human rights, social justic...

Consolidating a rights-based approach to internet access and governance in Africa
Consolidating a rights-based approach to internet access and governance in Africa 11 April 2019 APCNews

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat and several members of the African Declaration Coalition met in Entebbe, Uganda to brainstorm on the building blocks of a 36-month strategic plan for cultivating an environment that respects human rights online in the region. The new strategic plan will be developed as part of the “Securing human rights online in Africa throu...

How can we improve the usability of legal data for civil society, human rights defenders and lawyers? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
How can we improve the usability of legal data for civil society, human rights defenders and lawyers? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 09 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

How can we improve the usability of legal data for civil society, human rights defenders and lawyers? A session was hosted at the Internet Freedom Festival for legal researchers, journalists, civil society advocates and human rights defenders seeking to shape rapidly evolving legal frameworks for digital rights worldwide. CYRILLA, created by APC member Social Media Exchange (SMEX) with the supp...

Rudi International: The Universal Periodic Review is taking place and there is a pressing need for recommendations on digital rights for the DRC
Rudi International: The Universal Periodic Review is taking place and there is a pressing need for recommendations on digital rights for the DRC 08 April 2019 Arsène Tungali

This post is adapted from an article originally published on Rudi International's website. During its first (2009) and second (2014) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycles, 395 recommendations were made to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The government supported more than 80% of the recommendations made. But none of these recommendations touched on human rights onlin...

Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians
Hashtag Palestine 2018: An Overview of Digital Rights Abuses of Palestinians 29 March 2019 Anan AbuShanab

A new report on Palestinian digital rights was launched by APC member 7amleh-The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement, which received an APC project grant in 2018. The report details violations by governments, authorities, international technology companies and Palestinian society. In 2018, the Israeli government continued to systematically target Palestinians ...

Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights
Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights 26 March 2019 Avri Doria

The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) in the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is about to gather for its 11th meeting in a little over three years. The meeting will be held Thursday 28 March at 16:10 CET (15:10 UTC). Remote participation is possible and an audio feed is also available. Origin of the HRPC The idea for the Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research ...

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders 14 March 2019 Various

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) update: The draft resolution on environmental human rights defenders has now been formally "tabled" at the Human Rights Council, meaning it is scheduled for consideration and adoption by the Council on 22 and 23 March. The draft resolution is a timely and important statement on the vital role of environmental human rights defenders in safeguarding ...

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

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. From all the posts mentioning the term “Arabs”, 1 out of 10 contain an insult or an invitation to violence against Palestinians. These are some of the revelations included in the Index of Racism...

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