Human rights and ICTs

India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech
India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech 15 March 2021 APC and others

The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, targeting critics of the authorities and supporters of the protests.

APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 10 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this session. We appreciate Ambassador Lauber’s openness to civil society and the OEWG’s willingness to receive and consider comments by non-state actors.

Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report
Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report 10 March 2021 Various

In this response to the first substantive draft of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG) report, APC and other civil society organisations provide general feedback, focusing on the “introductory remarks” and the “conclusions and recommendations” sections, and provide recommendations.

Predation or innovation?
Predation or innovation? 10 March 2021 Julia Keseru for GenderIT.org

This piece is the second in a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long-term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic
PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic 03 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement has announced the opening of registration for the fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, which will take place online this year, between 29 March and April 1.

APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 02 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes this opportunity to address comments to the zero draft of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) report.

Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries
Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries 01 March 2021 APCNews

The African Digital Rights Network has published the first study to compare the digital rights landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Cameroon.

Disinformation and freedom of expression: Submission in response to the call by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Disinformation and freedom of expression: Submission in response to the call by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression 25 February 2021 APC

APC welcomes the call of the Special Rapporteur to reflect on the impacts of disinformation on the issues pertaining to her mandate and appreciates the opportunity to provide input for the annual thematic report to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 47th session in June 2021.

Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity
Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity 24 February 2021 Marwa Azelmat and Verónica Ferrari

The informal multistakeholder virtual dialogue session taking place 25 February will create opportunities for dialogue between states and other stakeholders on the issues addressed by the UN General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG).

The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa
The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa 23 February 2021

This publication is a compilation of 19 articles by African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital rights in Africa.

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