Human rights and ICTs

Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights 01 December 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and values the focus of the OHCHR on the question of ways to unpack the gender dimensions of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The APC Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) works to challenge discriminatory norms, structures and practices that prevent women and LGBTIQ communities from be...

UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators
UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators 27 November 2018 UNESCO

“The project to develop Internet Universality Indicators is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mandate. It is one of the best examples of UNESCO supporting its Member States in addressing digital gaps and contributing to sustainable development,” commented the Representative of Sweden, one of the donors of the project, at the 31st session of the IPDC (International Programme for Development of Communication) Council. “A UNESCO analysis of above 50 existing instruments of Internet principle...

UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa
UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 Mehar Gujral for APCNews

“We welcome your critique regarding access to the internet and agree with most, if not all, of your criticisms,” stated South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Luwellyn Landers to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during the country’s first review at the Committee, which took place on 2 and 3 October. The UN Committee on Economic, Soc...

Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award
Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award 16 November 2018 APCNews

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made extraordinary contributions to the development, use or study of the internet for the public good. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) congratulates Karen Banks for being recognised with the OII Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for her extraordinary, unique and long-lasting contribut...

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands 13 November 2018 Various

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What do the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Danish member of parliament, and a news anchor from the Philippines have in common? They have all been subject to a misapplication of Facebook’s Community Standards. But unlike the average user, each of these individuals and entities received media attention, were able to reach Facebook staff and, in some cas...

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks 12 November 2018 Various

This year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) focuses on community networks. Community networks are “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” This is a starting point. As the 43 country reports gathered here show, in practice, “community networks” can be hybrid systems, with different political and practical obj...

APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2018
APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2018 02 November 2018 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 13th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, France, where it will be participating in activities from 11 to 14 November 2018. This page is your go-to resource, compiling: APC's priorities for the 13th Internet Governance Forum, Paris, 2018 A schedule of events that APC and its membe...

The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approv...

Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet
Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet 01 November 2018

Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off on Monday, 12 November 2018, in Paris, France. On the evening of Sunday, 11 November, from 19:30 to 22:00, APC and Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership will host the event Disco-tech Paris, under the theme, “Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet”. What will we do? 177 co...

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil 31 October 2018 Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social

In light of the result of the second round of elections, Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social is publicly expressing deep concern about the choice made by the majority of Brazilians who went to the polls this Sunday, October 28, and who elected Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) for the Presidency of the Republic.  It is public knowledge that the president-elect has made repeated state...

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