Human rights and ICTs

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?
African internet resilience: What about complementary access models? 31 August 2020 Marta Kopp

The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

Who is your global South feminism serving?
Who is your global South feminism serving? 21 August 2020 Fungai Machirori for GenderIT.org

In this article, Zimbabwean feminist researcher and writer Fungai Machirori challenges the idea of "the global South" as a homogenous space.

WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda
WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda 20 August 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge, WOUGNET

During RightsCon 2020, the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) hosted a session on non-consensual sharing of intimate images (NCII), a form of online violence that is on the rise in Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries, commonly referred to as “revenge porn”.

Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic
Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic 20 August 2020 Dr Nijmeh Ali

This position paper published by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the increase in Israeli digital rights violations with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence
Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence 20 August 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with the women journalists who have called out online violence they face on social media platforms. A statement released by a group of women journalists on 12 August highlights a culture of hateful speech, incitement, harassment and doxxing.

Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon
Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon 19 August 2020 Sarah Farooqui, Digital Empowerment Foundation

Participants from a range of countries and regions took part in a panel at RightsCon 2020 to bring perspectives from around the world to the topic of empowering the people through media and information literacy.

EngageMedia: Problems in putting principles into practice: A critical view of AI ethics
EngageMedia: Problems in putting principles into practice: A critical view of AI ethics 18 August 2020 Jun-E Tan for EngageMedia

In Part 2 of our series exploring existing artificial intelligence ethics and their shortfalls, we find that ethical principles and guidelines currently in use have limited substance in their content and also a high possibility of being used mainly as window dressing while diverting us away from more structural solutions such as legal regulations.

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