Human rights and ICTs

For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good
For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good 09 September 2022 Anonymous

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community opens doors of violence on individuals on the internet.

Big or little data in Africa: Why collaboration matters now more than ever
Big or little data in Africa: Why collaboration matters now more than ever 08 September 2022 JulietGrace Luwedde and Ibrahim Waiswa Batambuze

This year’s edition of DataFest Africa brought to light a very significant conversation that needs critical attention: data use in the private sector and civil society organisations within Africa. Pollicy's JulietGrace Luwedde shares key learnings from the biggest data festival on the continent.

Designing domestic work platforms: A case study of Urban Company
Designing domestic work platforms: A case study of Urban Company 30 August 2022 Divyansha Sehgal and Yatharth

This report explores how workers and customers navigate the introduction of technology into the domestic and personal services work sector in India, which has historically functioned through informal word-of-mouth networks and employs people largely belonging to marginalised communities.

Joint Stakeholder Report Universal Periodic Review 41st Session – India
Joint Stakeholder Report Universal Periodic Review 41st Session – India 30 August 2022 Access Now, APC, Internet Freedom Foundation

This joint stakeholder report focuses on key issues relating to human rights online in India, including internet shutdowns, digital exclusion, freedom of speech and expression online, online harassment and hate speech, privacy, surveillance and data protection.

Meet APC’s board of directors and what concerns them today
Meet APC’s board of directors and what concerns them today 24 August 2022 Gaurav Jain and Leila Nachawati Rego

Meet APC's board of directors, who were finally able to meet in person in Sitges, Spain, in June 2022 after a gap of two years. Each director shared insights about some of the most pressing issues they are facing in their respective contexts and local realities.

Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill
Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill 23 August 2022 Thapelo Ndlovu

The draft bill would have enabled surveillance abuse and privacy violations. The pressure that was brought to bear by various human and media rights organisations, and the international spotlight that it attracted, paid off and the bill was withdrawn and amended.

Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds
Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds 23 August 2022 Ndimphiwe Shabangu

Since early 2021, the Kingdom of Eswatini has been gripped by waves of civil unrest, with reports of internet shutdowns implemented by the government in response to protests. It is in this climate of suspicion and unrest that cybercrime and data protection laws were gazetted in early 2022.

How the economically marginalised navigate digital adoption in India amid the pandemic
How the economically marginalised navigate digital adoption in India amid the pandemic 23 August 2022 Vaishnavi and Anish Mishra

The push for digitisation during the pandemic – whether for health management or to keep daily activities going amid lockdowns – deepened the digital divide in India, since escalated digital adoption without adequate policy protections can exclude the already marginalised even more.

Vietnam’s Zalo Connect: Digital authoritarianism in peer-to-peer aid platforms
Vietnam’s Zalo Connect: Digital authoritarianism in peer-to-peer aid platforms 22 August 2022 Trang Le

The Zalo Connect app in Vietnam connects users in need with private donors. But in doing so, it exemplifies a humanitarian trend that centres on extracting data from vulnerable communities as a precondition to receiving aid, protection and justice.

Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch:  “GISWatch links critical thinking and analysis to concrete proposals for change”
Celebrating 15 years of GISWatch: “GISWatch links critical thinking and analysis to concrete proposals for change” 19 August 2022 Anriette Esterhuysen

In the second installment of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 15th anniversary series, Anriette Esterhuysen reflects on the birth of the project during her time as APC's executive director, as well as its evolution and longevity as a meaningful resource.

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