Human rights and ICTs

Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020
Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020 18 August 2020 Open Culture Foundation

APC member organisation the Open Culture Foundation (OCF), based in Taiwan, reflects upon their experience at RightsCon 2020, which this year took place online.

Lebanon: APC calls for internet access restrictions to be lifted and for human rights online and offline be protected
Lebanon: APC calls for internet access restrictions to be lifted and for human rights online and offline be protected 14 August 2020 APC

Temporary internet disruptions and shutdowns pose serious challenges to the exercise of a wide range of rights and cannot be justified under any pretext. We therefore call on the Lebanese authorities to lift all restrictions on internet access and restore telecommunications to full capacity.

Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (2)
Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (2) 14 August 2020 Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom for GenderIT.org

In the second part of their article, Loreto Bravo and Peter Bloom alert us to the dangers of a romanticisation of technologies and develop a psychosocial and feminist approach as a tool to face the new wave of hyperconnectivity that is announced with 5G.

Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur
Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur 13 August 2020 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

More than 45,000 people have registered to return to their home state Manipur, and many are women nurses who faced discrimination and harassment while they were doing their jobs in mainland India. Returnees now face a precarious future regarding where they live, their jobs and their future.

Collective statement to urge the government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore high speed internet
Collective statement to urge the government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore high speed internet 13 August 2020 Various

The repeated instances of internet shutdowns and degradation of network services are causing immense harm to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We urge the government of the Union Territory and associate government authorities to restore high speed internet access in the region.

#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons
#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons 12 August 2020

Family members and lawyers have a right to communicate with their loved ones and clients at all times, but particularly during a pandemic. The public also has a right to information on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 inside prisons. These are the reasons behind the #IWantALetter campaign.

Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (1)
Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (1) 12 August 2020 Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom for GenderIT.org

In the first half of this two-part article, Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom share a critique of the new networks that are emerging with the rushed transition to 5G, from a feminist and psychosocial perspective.

My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19
My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19 12 August 2020 Christina Elia for GenderIT.org

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira
Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira 12 August 2020 Various

The case of photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet in his left eye during a protest in May 2000, is on the agenda at the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, to be tried on 14 August. It is seen as an emblematic episode of violence against journalists in Brazil.

FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative
FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative 11 August 2020 CIPESA

On 28-30 September 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and Paradigm Initiative, with a hybrid approach that blends online and physical interactions.

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