Human rights and ICTs

The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 21 June 2018 ISHR, Amnesty International, APC, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

38th session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3 - Joint Oral Statement Panel on impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces Thank you Chair and distinguished panelists, ISHR, Amnesty International, the Association for Progressive Communications, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT are pleased to put forward some inputs to this panel on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. [1] Women human rights defenders (WHRDs)...

Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 20 June 2018

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants  UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 20 June 2018 Speaker: Bruna Martins dos Santos Thank you, Mr. President.  The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report on online violence against women and girls of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women,...

Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council
Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council 19 June 2018 Deborah Brown and Sidra Rizvi (APC) and Kyung Min Kim (Access Now)

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place from 18 June to 6 July 2018 in Geneva. Internet rights will be in focus this session, with a number of resolutions, panels and reports focused on the online dimension of human rights issues. Resolutions relating to the internet and human rights Internet and human rights: Sweden, together with Brazil, Nigeria, Tunisia, and the Uni...

We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence
We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence 18 June 2018

Online violence, bullying, harassment, theft of identity, and non-consensual circulation of intimate images are now being recognised as offences in most countries, and acknowledged in public discourse as misogyny and attempts to silence women and gender-diverse people (gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, non-binary and intersex people, and others) from participation in public life...

Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Reorienting rules for rights: A summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 18 June 2018 APC

Summary of the report on online content regulation by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (A/HRC/38/35). The internet is the greatest tool in history for global access to information and expression. Internet companies have become central platforms for discussion and debate, information access, commerce and human development. C...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes vario...

Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review
Internet freedom in Africa and the Universal Periodic Review 13 June 2018 Ashnah Kalemera

Human rights review mechanisms such as the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) provide a unique opportunity to address human rights concerns in African countries. The cooperative nature of the review mechanisms allows different stakeholders to make country submissions for consideration by the Human Rights Counci...

Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy?
Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy? 08 June 2018 Sebastian Becker Castellaro

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies”. (Edward Snowden) “In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people – mostly in the US – may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” With these words, Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer...

Has the Palestinian Cybercrime Law really been amended?
Has the Palestinian Cybercrime Law really been amended? 05 June 2018 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

In order to exert pressure on the Palestinian government, coalitions held meetings between civil society representatives and governmental bodies concerning amendment of the law in 2017. These ongoing discussions in addition to campaigns launched by activists, journalists and lawyers compelled the government to issue a new law no. 10 in 2018 regarding Cybercrime. About the law The Palestinian Au...

New toolkit for researching women's internet access and use
New toolkit for researching women's internet access and use 23 May 2018

A new resource launched by GSMA, in collaboration with the Alliance for Affordable Internet, the World Wide Web Foundation and APC, provides an introductory guide for researchers to collect comparable and accurate data on women’s and men’s internet access and use, and to develop a fuller global picture of the digital gender gap for a wide range of audiences to inform their strategies, plans...

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