Human rights and ICTs

New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC
New APC member Rudi International: Working with children who were robbed of their opportunity for development in the DRC 28 August 2018 APCNews

“Rudi” is Swahili for “come back.” It is the story behind how we were born as an organisation. We consider it a privilege to give back and be part of the change we want to see around us. This is how new APC member Rudi International, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), welcomes visitors to their website. Access to education, literacy, health, trauma healing for survivors of gender-based violence, and improved and safe access to information and communications technologies ...

Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights
Tanzania: Joint civil society letter calls on Human Rights Council member states to address crackdown on human rights 21 August 2018 Various

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 16 August 2018 Tanzania: Open letter to states for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”), which will be held from 10 to 28 September 2018, we write to call on your delegation to deliver statements, both jointly an...

An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 20 August 2018 APC

On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest-ranking official in the UN system on human rights. Her voice carries significant weight in calling out and addressing human rights violations and advancing norms, both in the UN and for broader public opinion. APC sees great value in t...

Human rights in the digital context: Joint contribution from APC and Derechos Digitales to the third cycle of the UPR mechanism for Chile
Human rights in the digital context: Joint contribution from APC and Derechos Digitales to the third cycle of the UPR mechanism for Chile 10 August 2018 APC and Derechos Digitales

This submission is a joint stakeholder contribution to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Chile by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Derechos Digitales.  APC and Derechos Digitales appreciate the opportunity to participate in this cycle of the Universal Periodic Review and recognise the important human rights issues being raised by o...

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced ...

"It is a lifetime experience": Interview with Èva Bélanger on Alternative's internship programme
"It is a lifetime experience": Interview with Èva Bélanger on Alternative's internship programme 03 August 2018 APCNews

The International Youth Internship Programme offers young people the exciting opportunity to work with civil society organisations around the world with a focus on “technology and communication at the heart of social change”. Learn more in this interview with Èva Bélanger, the internship programme manager at APC member organisation Alternatives.  

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) wrapped up earlier this month, with the adoption of 20 resolutions including quite a few touching on key internet-related human rights issues. This session of the UN HRC reflects growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement ...

A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: Recommendations and considerations from a 2017 Internet Governance Forum pre-event
A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: Recommendations and considerations from a 2017 Internet Governance Forum pre-event 20 July 2018 Deborah Brown and Anriette Esterhuysen

A rights-based approach to cybersecurity has gained currency in recent years at multistakeholder processes like the UN Internet Governance Forum. Progress has been made at human rights-oriented forums like the Freedom Online Coalition, which has developed recommendations for a free and secure internet. Yet at the same time, threats to cybersecurity are on the rise, with significant human r...

Ang Pangako: Mapping extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
Ang Pangako: Mapping extrajudicial killings in the Philippines 20 July 2018 APC

More than two years into the campaign against illegal drugs started by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, accountability remains a problem. To address this issue, Ang Pangako,  a website to help seek and demand accountability for extrajudicial killings, was launched during the Commission on Human Rights in April 2018. The website, created by APC member ...

HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age
HRC38: APC response to the Special Rapporteur's report on content regulation in the digital age 17 July 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression on content regulation in the digital age, a topic that is of great concern to APC and our members. On the one hand, there is a lot of “noise” in the mainstream media about so-called “fake news”, the spread of...

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