Human rights and ICTs

Unpacking human rights and safety challenges and concerns in Ethiopia in the context of the 2022 global IGF
Unpacking human rights and safety challenges and concerns in Ethiopia in the context of the 2022 global IGF 02 November 2022

CIPESA and APC collaborated to provide an opportunity for the internet governance community to learn about and discuss the human rights and media freedom situation in Ethiopia, where this year’s global Internet Governance Forum will be held, from 28 November to 2 December 2022. This document summarises the key points that emerged from the conversation.

Navigating identities: Experiencing online violence as a Shia woman in Pakistan
Navigating identities: Experiencing online violence as a Shia woman in Pakistan 29 October 2022 Zoya Anwer for GenderIT.org

Shia Muslims are constantly at risk of being targeted with violence online and offline for their religious belief. And when Shia women and queer folks go online, they find themselves at risk of being targeted with abuse from multiple fronts as their two identities combine.

India’s Draft Telco Bill empowers governments to impose internet shutdowns
India’s Draft Telco Bill empowers governments to impose internet shutdowns 27 October 2022 Various

APC and the other signatories of this open letter urge the Department of Telecommunications to withdraw the Draft Indian Telecommunication Bill and to prepare a new rights-respecting version, in consultation with stakeholders.

International coalition calls for withdrawal of Draft Indian Telco Bill: Provisions threaten end-to-end encryption
International coalition calls for withdrawal of Draft Indian Telco Bill: Provisions threaten end-to-end encryption 27 October 2022 Various

APC and the other signatories of this open letter stress that India – as the world’s largest democracy, and second largest base of internet users – has an opportunity to draft an exemplary legislation that ensures the protection of human rights in the digital age.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "The making of a committed, exciting and influential voice in the information society wildnerness"
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: "The making of a committed, exciting and influential voice in the information society wildnerness" 26 October 2022 Y. Z. Ya’u

This third installment Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 15th anniversary series explores reflections of what it means to write for this long-running project with Y. Z. Ya'u, a long-time Nigeria-based contributor to the report.

Advocating for human rights online and offline in 2021
Advocating for human rights online and offline in 2021 26 October 2022 APCNews

We want people, especially those facing discrimination and oppression, to have greater power and autonomy through digital technologies to exercise their full range of human rights online and offline. Check out our achievements in this area in 2021.

A COVID-19 power grab: Looming digital authoritarianism in Indonesia
A COVID-19 power grab: Looming digital authoritarianism in Indonesia 25 October 2022 Damar Juniarto

In Indonesia, a rise in hard-line approaches to governance is heralding looming authoritarianism. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the government there with the opportunity to further accelerate digital authoritarianism through online surveillance, censorship and online manipulation.

Lungu law looms dangerously over Zambian digital rights
Lungu law looms dangerously over Zambian digital rights 24 October 2022 Susan Mwape

In March 2021, shortly before the elections scheduled for August, then Zambian president Edgar Lungu quickly signed and enacted three internet-related laws, one of which has remained especially problematic into 2022: the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act.

Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security
Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security 17 October 2022 Various

The toll of unrestrained cyber operations on human security mounts daily and as such, discussions and decisions arising from the relevant UN processes need to address them more effectively. These efforts should be guided by human-centric and rights-based approaches.

Lack of a data protection law puts Indian abortion seekers at risk
Lack of a data protection law puts Indian abortion seekers at risk 10 October 2022 Jasmine George and Rohini Lakshan​​é for GenderIT.org

India recently withdrew its data protection bill, putting the data of over a billion people at risk. This article explores how lack of data protection puts abortion seekers at particular risk in a society that rejects abortions.

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