Human rights and ICTs

A human-centric approach to international cybernorms: Civil society feedback on the UN Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs proposals
A human-centric approach to international cybernorms: Civil society feedback on the UN Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs proposals 01 December 2020 Verónica Ferrari (Association for Progressive Communications) and Sheetal Kumar (Global Partners Digital)

Cybersecurity is a human rights issue. Human rights defenders, groups that are subject to discrimination, and journalists, among others, rely on the internet to exercise their rights. An open, secure, stable and rights-based internet can only be ensured with the involvement of all stakeholders.

The struggle for the realisation of the right to freedom of expression in Southern Africa
The struggle for the realisation of the right to freedom of expression in Southern Africa 01 December 2020 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

This report focuses on the content of the right to freedom of expression and gives an assessment of restrictions to the right in Southern Africa. Through this report, we have identified key trends and recommendations for states, private sector actors and civil society to consider in the development of laws, policies and measures that impact the right to freedom of expression.

Bread&Net event to address digital rights in the new reality
Bread&Net event to address digital rights in the new reality 30 November 2020 APCNews

<p>Our member SMEX is hosting its annual Bread&amp;Net event on 1-4 December to address digital rights in the new reality: one that has impacted the digital economy, shifted the conversation around surveillance, and presented new opportunities for governments to censor online speech.</p>

Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session
Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session 23 November 2020 Various

This joint statement from APC and other civil society organisations around the world addresses the outcomes of the most recent session of the UNGA Third Committee.

Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Joint letter in solidarity with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights 23 November 2020 Various

The undersigned organisations express their deepest concern about the unprecedented escalation against EIPR, one of Egypt’s oldest and most reputable human rights organisations, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of three EIPR employees by Egyptian security forces since 15 November.

Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop 2020
Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop 2020 23 November 2020

Over the course of the week from 23 to 27 November 2020, the workshop will cover a variety of topics including ICT laws and jurisprudence, access, infrastructure and internet shutdowns, freedom of expression, gender and vulnerable groups, and legal methodology and process, among others.

APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity
APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity 18 November 2020 APC

A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity means putting people at the centre and ensuring that there is trust and security in networks and devices that reinforce, rather than threaten, human security. APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy
Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy 11 November 2020 Various

In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Protecting the stories of marginalised people in the digital space
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Protecting the stories of marginalised people in the digital space 10 November 2020 EngageMedia

Bishakha Datta, executive director of Point of View, elaborates on how the challenges that marginalised communities face on the internet are parallel to the obstacles encountered offline, as well as how allies in solidarity can protect and amplify these stories in the digital space.

In the midst of the pandemic, Muslims in India suffer from hate speech, physical attacks and Islamophobia
In the midst of the pandemic, Muslims in India suffer from hate speech, physical attacks and Islamophobia 09 November 2020 APCNews

What is the “corona jihad”? In the time of a pandemic, how has hate speech made matters worse for the Muslim population in India? How do we curb hate speech online? These are just some of the questions that a new report published by APC, The Contagion of Hate in India, aims to answer.

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