Human rights and ICTs

Dewesternising media, communication and technologies research: Session I of the Challenge Lecture Series 2021 unpacks why caste in communications needs better scholarship
Dewesternising media, communication and technologies research: Session I of the Challenge Lecture Series 2021 unpacks why caste in communications needs better scholarship 11 August 2021 APCNews

The Challenge Lecture Series 2021 which began on 6 August 2021, aims to explore how caste is studied and analysed in the current context of media and technology and make recommendations on new approaches to fully understand caste and analyse how it affects societies across the world.

CIPESA: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 set for September
CIPESA: Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2021 set for September 11 August 2021 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

On 28-30 September, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa will host the eighth annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica), an event that convenes a wide spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas.

Challenging hate: Lecture series will focus on decolonising media, communication, and technology studies from an (anti)caste perspective
Challenging hate: Lecture series will focus on decolonising media, communication, and technology studies from an (anti)caste perspective 30 July 2021 APCNews

How is the centuries-old practice of caste being re-manifested in today’s digital cultures? How can we make a truly caste-sensitive media and internet? To explore these questions and more, join us for this upcoming lecture series hosted by APC's Challenge project, beginning 6 August. 

#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
#PegasusProject: States should implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 27 July 2021 APCNews

APC has joined with over 150 other civil society organisations and independent experts to call for the moratorium following media revelations that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale.

Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology
Joint open letter by civil society organisations and independent experts calling on states to implement an immediate moratorium on the sale, transfer and use of surveillance technology 26 July 2021 Various

Dozens of civil society organisations and independent experts joined forces to express their alarm at the media revelations that NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale and to call on states to take immediate measures.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?
Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation? 22 July 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for GenderIT.org

In India, the drive for the digitisation of services, combined with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma, make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights.

The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report
Mapping and Analysis of Privacy Laws and Policies in Africa: Summary Report 22 July 2021 Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

While privacy has become ever more crucial in a world where digital technologies are key to livelihoods and the promotion of other rights, there are insufficient protections for the right to privacy in many African countries, and some have steadily taken measures to undermine this right.

Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open
Call for applications for Ninth African School on Internet Governance now open 22 July 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa are pleased to open the call for the 2021 African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). This year’s edition will take the form of a two-week online programme between 4 and 19 October. The deadline for applications is 23 August.

New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement”
New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement” 22 July 2021 APCNews

Meet Pollicy, a Uganda-based feminist collective of technologists, data scientists, creatives and academics working at the intersection of data, design and technology and one of the newest additions to the APC member network.

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