Human rights and ICTs

EngageMedia: On recent internet blocking and throttling in West Papua
EngageMedia: On recent internet blocking and throttling in West Papua 20 September 2019 Rezwan Islam for EngageMedia

This article was originally published on the website of APC member organisation EngageMedia. As an organisation that stands for media freedom and digital rights, EngageMedia finds the recent threats against freedom of expression in West Papua concerning, including undue restriction and harassment, as well as internet blocking and throttling. UN Human Rights Council experts have urged the Indonesian government to protect the rights of activists in Papua and to allow unrestricted access to com...

Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories
Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories 19 September 2019

Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018. Contributed to policy by addressing new threats to human rights online The 38th Human Rights Council session saw the updating of its landmark resolution on “The promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the internet”. This res...

Our community in 2018: From a school makeover in the DRC, a 25th anniversary and a lifetime achievement award, to digital ethnography in India and 29 grants for members
Our community in 2018: From a school makeover in the DRC, a 25th anniversary and a lifetime achievement award, to digital ethnography in India and 29 grants for members 18 September 2019

The APC community of members, allies and partners are strengthened as a network and work collaboratively to use the internet and ICTs for social and environmental justice, gender equality and sustainable development. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018. Expanded outreach and influence Our main website, apc.org, had 658,252 unique visitors and 1,194,057 visit...

Proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new mandate holder on the situation of human rights defenders
Proposed criteria for selection and appointment of a new mandate holder on the situation of human rights defenders 10 September 2019 Various

APC has joined the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and 130 organisations from around the world to set out the criteria that should be at the heart of the selection of the next UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders plays a key role in the recognition and protection of those ...

APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 10 September 2019 Various

Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security New York, 10 September 2019 Thank you Chair, colleagues, The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes this opportunity to address the Open-end...

Papuan Voices: A video for change initiative enabling Papuans to tell their stories to the world
Papuan Voices: A video for change initiative enabling Papuans to tell their stories to the world 06 September 2019

Papuan Voices is a video for change initiative enabling Papuan activists and citizen journalists to tell their stories to the world. Papua (West Papua and Papua provinces of Indonesia) is one of Indonesia's least developed and least known regions. Since its controversial integration into Indonesia in 1969, Papuans have suffered discrimination in favour of Indonesian migrants...

Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights?
Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights? 28 August 2019 Flavia Fascendini

This article was first published on OpenGlobalRights as part of an ongoing editorial partnership with the APC. Since the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, people and governments have become used to discussing human rights and their country’s records on them, while the concept of human rights online is still quite new.  The Human Rights Council...

APC comments on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum 2021
APC comments on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum 2021 27 August 2019 APC

APC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the First Draft Outline of the Report by the ITU Secretary-General for the Sixth World Telecommunication/Information and Communication Technology Policy Forum 2021 (WTPF-21). In particular, we welcome WTPF-21’s emphasis on the potential contribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I...

APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir
APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir 14 August 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. It is particularly critical that stable communications infrastructure and services are maintained during times of conflict and key democratic moments such as when significant changes are made to the status of a region and th...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019

Online spaces and digital technologies have emerged as a critical and influential site for feminist activism and organising in Africa. From trending hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls in Nigeria and #TotalShutdown in South Africa, to WhatsApp and Signal groups in countries across the region where feminists, activists and LGBTIQ people gather to share, plan and commune, digital technologies hav...

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