Human rights and ICTs

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session 29 June 2020 APC

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 27 July 2021 APCNews

APC has joined with over 150 other civil society organisations and independent experts to call for the moratorium following media revelations that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale.

Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 26 July 2021 Various

Dozens of civil society organisations and independent experts joined forces to express their alarm at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale and to call on states to take immediate measures.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?
Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation? 22 July 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for GenderIT.org

In India, the drive for the digitisation of services, combined with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma, make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights.

The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report
Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report 22 July 2021 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

While privacy has become ever more crucial in a world where digital technologies are key to livelihoods and the promotion of other rights, there are insufficient protections for the right to privacy in many African countries, and some have steadily taken measures to undermine this right.

Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open
Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open 22 July 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa are pleased to open the call for the 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). This year’s edition will take the form of a two-week online programme between 4 and 19 October. The deadline for applications is 23 August.

New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement”
New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement” 22 July 2021 APCNews

Meet Pollicy, a Uganda-based feminist collective of technologists, data scientists, creatives and academics working at the intersection of data, design and technology and one of the newest additions to the APC member network.

HRC47: NGO joint end-of-session statement
HRC47: NGO joint end-of-session statement 21 July 2021 Various

In this joint statement, APC and other civil society organisations share their perspectives on the recently concluded 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from 21 June to 13 July in a hybrid format that combined face-to-face and online sessions.

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