Human rights and ICTs

#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”!
#NoExamShutdown: 4 MENA countries shut down the internet so far “to fight cheating”! 29 September 2020 Ali Sibai for SMEX

This year, governments in the Middle East and North Africa have continued to shut down and throttle the internet during grade and high school examinations. So far, governments in Jordan, Syria, Algeria, and Sudan have disrupted the internet during examinations.

APC Impact Report 2016-2019 and highlights from 2020
APC Impact Report 2016-2019 and highlights from 2020 24 September 2020

The APC Impact Report 2016-2019 encapsulates the APC network's high level impact over the four years of our strategic cycle, which ended in 2019. While the report looks back at our work, it also brings us forward through the strategic direction that we set for ourselves in the next four years.

APC at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum 2020
APC at the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum 2020 24 September 2020 APCNews

The APrIGF 2020 is taking place on 27-30 September. APC is actively supporting its members and networks as they engage in this space, and APC staff are part of the Multistakeholder Group (MSG), Programme Committee, Drafting Committee and Virtual Working Group.

30th anniversary: Our member Unwanted Witness shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years
30th anniversary: Our member Unwanted Witness shares its vision for APC in the next 10 years 24 September 2020 APCNews

Unwanted Witness envisions APC in 10 years as a formidable and influential force shaping the way technology is governed and utilised to uphold democracy and human rights globally.

Call for solidarity: How the international community can show support for Thai protesters
Call for solidarity: How the international community can show support for Thai protesters 24 September 2020 Sara Pacia for Coconet

On the anniversary of the 2006 Thai coup, protesters will once again gather at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, to call for political changes and democratic reforms. Students as young as 14 years old have been at the forefront of the protests, with some groups demanding ten key reforms, among them the revocation of the lese-majeste law and the pardoning of all those jailed due to this...

Assessing the Hong Kong National Security Law: What does it mean for civil society?
Assessing the Hong Kong National Security Law: What does it mean for civil society? 16 September 2020 Shih-Shiuan Kao and Min Hsuan Wu for EngageMedia

Since the passing of the Hong Kong National Security Law it has been criticised for its weaponisation against critics of the state and curtailment of freedom of speech.

72% of Palestinians have been exposed to misleading news - 7amleh’s new research “Fake News in Palestine”
72% of Palestinians have been exposed to misleading news - 7amleh’s new research “Fake News in Palestine” 16 September 2020 7amleh-The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

This research is part of 7amleh’s ongoing series of publications on Palestinian digital rights in order to raise awareness and create a knowledge base for advocacy work.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with brave women journalists taking a stance against online violence
Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with brave women journalists taking a stance against online violence 16 September 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy stands in solidarity with women journalists who have released a statement highlighting the prevailing trend of continued digital violence from supporters of all political parties and different public and state institutions.

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 45th Session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 45th Session 14 September 2020 APC

APC considers the 45th Human Rights Council sessions an important opportunity to discuss country situations of concern, to review how states are complying with their human rights situations and to influence the setting up of international standards in the area of human rights online.

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