Human rights and ICTs

EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet
EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet 19 December 2017 Bishakha Datta, Smita Vanniyar, Jasmine Lovely George, Neha Mathews, Rachel Bali, Zahra Adamjee Indu Nepal, Jyotsna Maskay, Shiwa Karmacharya, Shaun Kirven, P.M. Deshapriya, J.M. Mendis Shermal Wijewardene, Subha Wijesiriwardena, and hvale vale

EROTICS is an exploration of the internet and its multi-layered relationship with sexuality, rights and sexual expression, and is a space/place of practices and a network of people which started in 2008. Its purpose was and is to look into the obscure, the unexpected and the obvious. EROTICS in its second iteration, first of all, included two new countries: Nepal and Sri Lanka, and these form an important baseline from South Asia that looks at internet-related challenges and opportunities exp...

Latin America in a Glimpse: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America
Latin America in a Glimpse: Gender, feminism and the internet in Latin America 18 December 2017 Derechos Digitales

In this fourth edition of Latin America in a Glimpse, Derechos Digitales followed a global trend by seeking to understand the intricate link between gender and technology, and the responses that, from that part of the world, different groups of women have given to this complex, problematic and difficult relationship. 

Briefing document: Cybersecurity policy and human rights
Briefing document: Cybersecurity policy and human rights 14 December 2017 Deborah Brown, Anriette Esterhuysen and Mallory Knodel

This briefing document aims to frame discussions at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2017 Day 0 event “A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: A pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet?”.

Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017
Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017 06 December 2017 Umer Ali and Harris Bin Munawar

Internet Landscape of Pakistan is an indigenous effort to regularly monitor and document the ongoing trends and challenges that impact digital and human rights in the country. This is the third edition in the series.

Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017
Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017 26 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Alliance, Association for Progressive Communications, Vision Pakistan, Neengar Society

This report is an overview of the state of privacy in Pakistan from 2012 to 2017.

Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages
Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017: Civil society messages 24 November 2017 Civil society organisations and individuals

A free, open and secure cyberspace underpinned by human rights and democratic values is a prerequisite to socio-economic development. To this end, we must recognise that people are at the center of all technological advancements and therefore policies that seek to regulate technologies should be people-centric and ultimately aid in the development of human beings to the best of their abilities.

UN General Assembly adopts resolutions to protect human rights online for journalists and human rights defenders
UN General Assembly adopts resolutions to protect human rights online for journalists and human rights defenders 21 November 2017 Deborah Brown

As the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee wraps up its work this this week, it has adopted two resolutions reinforcing the responsibility of states to protect human rights online, specifically for journalists and human rights defenders. 

Privacy in India in the age of big data
Privacy in India in the age of big data 16 November 2017 Buddhadeb Halder

This research paper describes the importance of privacy and the technologies that put citizens’ data at risk, and identifies ways to protect citizens’ online data in India.

Electronic data protection in Pakistan
Electronic data protection in Pakistan 15 November 2017 Umer Gilani, Haroon Baloch, Shaheera Jalil Albasit and Furhan Hussain

This paper explores the data protection aspect of the existing state of privacy in Pakistan in order to strike a debate about its urgency and need.

Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence
Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence 08 November 2017

Memory is resistance. When your story is silenced or challenged, remembering the truth is critical.  And when we document our experiences, we pass on the lessons we learned. For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December), Take Back the Tech! wants to look back (and forward) at the movement to end gender-based violence – to digitise and preserve our me...

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