Human rights and ICTs

APC submission on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly
APC submission on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in relation to the human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly 21 February 2024 APC

This submission was developed in response to the call for input from the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, for a thematic report addressing the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

This podcast series tackles critical digital issues in the Asia-Pacific
This podcast series tackles critical digital issues in the Asia-Pacific 19 February 2024 Jen Tarnate and Katerina Francisco

The Pretty Good Podcast Live, produced with APC support, raises awareness of critical digital issues in the Asia-Pacific such as digital security, open technology, internet freedom, data privacy and more. These stories reflect the resilience and innovation in the region’s digital rights community, showcasing a path forward amid challenges.

A region grappling with digital rights deficits
A region grappling with digital rights deficits 16 February 2024 Federico Links

The second issue of the online digest Southern Africa Digital Rights serves to spotlight that privacy and data protections remain and will continue to remain areas that civil society in the region must continue to monitor and address. 

Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 2: Privacy at risk – challenges to data and online security
Southern Africa Digital Rights Issue Number 2: Privacy at risk – challenges to data and online security 16 February 2024 Various

What this edition of Southern Africa Digital Rights serves to spotlight is that privacy and data protections remain and will continue to remain areas that civil society in the region must continue to monitor and address.

APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact
APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact 14 February 2024 APC

In its contribution to this round of consultations, APC stressed the vital importance of ensuring the effective consideration of civil society voices in the Global Digital Compact negotiation phase.

Coalition of international organisations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms
Coalition of international organisations demands that Meta refrain from censoring criticism of Zionism on its platforms 12 February 2024 Various

This open letter expresses deep concern over Meta's proposed revision of its hate speech policy regarding the term "Zionist" and the potential to treat it as a proxy for Jewish and/or Israeli, which will ultimately lead to severe restrictions on legitimate political speech and debate.

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime
Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime 09 February 2024 Various

Organisations spanning civil society, industry and the technical community, including APC, urge governments to consider withholding support for the draft UN cybercrime treaty in its current incarnation. If adopted without major changes, this treaty's risks far outweigh its potential benefits.

Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms
Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms 06 February 2024 Various

Over 200 organisations including APC sent a joint letter to UN representatives calling on them to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms, in light of concerns regarding civil society access and participation in these spaces.

APC policy explainer: Cybercrime and gender
APC policy explainer: Cybercrime and gender 02 February 2024 APC

Looking at cybercrime from a gender lens means to recognise and take into account the lived experiences of women and people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions, to understand their needs and priorities, and address the differentiated impacts of cybercrime.

A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship
A call for global solidarity and decisive action to end Myanmar’s military rule and ensure victory for the people resisting dictatorship 01 February 2024 Various

Three years after Myanmar’s military junta seized power, local and international civil society actors including APC are calling on the international community to stand with the country's people, offering not only solidarity, but also concrete resources to resist digital oppression.

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