Human rights and ICTs

APC Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination
APC Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination 23 December 2019 APC

APC welcomes the focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on the acute and structural threats that new information technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), pose to the rights to non-discrimination and racial equality, human rights principles and standards.

GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront
GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront 19 December 2019 APCNews

The answers, where they exist, on how to build people-centred AI that puts human rights first are certainly complex and often raise further questions. The launch of GISWatch at IGF touched on some of these key issues and it was a special opportunity to gather so many researchers and activists to explore paths for moving forward.

Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders
Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders 17 December 2019 Various

The undersigning civil society organisations express concern over the global trend of persecuting digital rights defenders, including security researchers and trainers who act to protect and promote human rights, and demand protection of their work and their recognition as human rights defenders.

Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy
Africa in the crosshairs of new disinformation and surveillance schemes that undermine democracy 13 December 2019 Daniel Mwesigwa

The tools and tactics of these operators, who are mostly non-African, are increasingly undermining democracy and respect for human rights in Africa, as they enable mass surveillance and disinformation that manipulates and undermines political discourse. 

A call to action to defy internet shutdowns and suppression of political opinion online
A call to action to defy internet shutdowns and suppression of political opinion online 05 December 2019 GreenNet

GreenNet, the ethical internet service provider that has been connecting people and groups since 1986, suffered a DDoS attack on 22 and 23 November 2019. Forensic examinations revealed that the attack was targeted at an organisation publishing new research that weekend.

Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one
Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one 28 November 2019 Deborah Brown and Anriette Esterhuysen

Efforts to bolster cybersecurity often ignore the human rights dimension, or worse, view human rights as an impediment to cybersecurity. This is a dangerous and misguided assumption. Cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one.

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

While pointing to the positive use of AI to enable rights in ways that were not easily possible before, this edition of GISWatch highlights the real threats that we need to pay attention to if we are going to build an AI-embedded future that enables human dignity.

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief 28 November 2019 APC

APC presents this report on the experience and situation of women and LGBTIQA+ persons and communities in relation to the intersection of religion and online spaces, with particular examples from Asia given the pressing nature of the issues in the region.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA’s 74th Third Committee session
Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA’s 74th Third Committee session 21 November 2019 Various

Eleven civil society organisations that closely follow and engage with the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including APC, joined together to publish this joint statement on outcomes of the Committee's 74th session in November 2019.

APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019
APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019 16 November 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Germany, where it will be participating in activities from 25 to 29 November 2019.

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