Human rights and ICTs

The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age: APC submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the digital age: APC submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association 07 February 2019 APC

As an organisation that has worked at the intersections of human rights and technology for nearly three decades, APC welcomes the focus of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his next report on the exercise of these rights in the digital age.

Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights
Joint NGO report to UN Committee: Internet shutdowns in Cameroon violate economic, social and cultural rights 05 February 2019 Mehar Gujral

Ahead of Cameroon’s review by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, APC, Access Now and Internet Sans Frontières submitted a joint shadow report encouraging the Committee to consider the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and enjoyment of these rights.

Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Cameroon: Parallel report to the 65th session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 04 February 2019 Access Now, APC and Internet Sans Frontières

This report focuses on the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in Cameroon, and in particular, the violation of these rights that come with internet shutdowns.

Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online"
Joint letter opposes proposed EU regulation on "preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online" 28 January 2019 Various

The undersigned organisations and individuals are dedicated to ensuring justice for human rights abuses around the world and to upholding human rights, including the right to freedom of expression. We write to urge you to oppose the proposed “regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online”.

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Zimbabwe
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Zimbabwe 16 January 2019 Various

In response to reports that the government has shut down the internet, this joint open letter calls on the ICT minister of Zimbabwe to ensure the stability and openness of the internet.

UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online
UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online 10 January 2019 Deborah Brown

The UN General Assembly's 73rd session passed a record number of resolutions relevant for internet policy. This article outlines developments in the First Committee, relating to international norms in cyberspace, and the Third Committee, covering a range of internet-related human rights issues.

Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda 02 January 2019 Justine Limpitlaw

This paper focuses on the human rights impacts of recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.

NGOs urge Google to abandon Dragonfly, a project for censorship and surveillance in China
NGOs urge Google to abandon Dragonfly, a project for censorship and surveillance in China 13 December 2018 APCNews

The project, code-named Dragonfly, is reportedly in development and would be designed to meet the censorship requirements of the Chinese government.

Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights
Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights 11 December 2018 Various

We are writing to ask you to ensure that Google drops Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China, and to re-affirm the company’s 2010 commitment that it won’t provide censored search services in the country.

Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights
Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights 05 December 2018 Various

Human rights and digital rights organisations, including APC, have sent an open letter to EU decision makers asking them to add human rights safeguards to the proposed Copyright Directive on the Digital Single Market throughout the negotiation process.

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