Human rights and ICTs

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.

APC comments on the final report of the OEWG on cybersecurity
APC comments on the final report of the OEWG on cybersecurity 18 March 2021 APC

After two years of negotiations, the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security has adopted its final report. Here, APC presents its positions on the most salient points of the report.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse 17 March 2021 EngageMedia

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on privacy, government surveillance and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific, the region where most of the world’s population lives but whose voices are often overlooked in global tech discourse?

Racism and Incitement Index 2020: The Increase in racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs during the pandemic
Racism and Incitement Index 2020: The Increase in racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs during the pandemic 17 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The results of 7amleh's Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Networks during the year 2020 showed an increase in violent discourse towards Arabs by 16% over the year 2019, with 1 out of every 10 posts about Palestinians and Arabs in 2020 containing violent speech.

India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech
India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech 15 March 2021 APC and others

The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, targeting critics of the authorities and supporters of the protests.

APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 10 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this session. We appreciate Ambassador Lauber’s openness to civil society and the OEWG’s willingness to receive and consider comments by non-state actors.

Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report
Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report 10 March 2021 Various

In this response to the first substantive draft of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG) report, APC and other civil society organisations provide general feedback, focusing on the “introductory remarks” and the “conclusions and recommendations” sections, and provide recommendations.

Predation or innovation?
Predation or innovation? 10 March 2021 Julia Keseru for GenderIT.org

This piece is the second in a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long-term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic
PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic 03 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement has announced the opening of registration for the fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, which will take place online this year, between 29 March and April 1.

APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 02 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes this opportunity to address comments to the zero draft of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) report.

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