Human rights and ICTs
Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. These are some of the revelations in the Index of Racism 2018 launched by APC member 7amleh.
In 2018, the BPF on Gender and Access analysed the potential of supplementary models of connectivity to bridge the gender digital divide. It concluded that these initiatives could be instrumental in helping to overcome the barriers to access faced by women and non-binary people.
The 40th session of the HRC is taking place 25 February-22 March in Geneva. A number of reports, resolutions and side events will address the online dimension of human rights issues, in addition to Universal Periodic Review reports that touch on specific governments’ records on internet rights.
APC and 7amleh-The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submitted this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 40th session to express their concern about the upsurge in the number of laws being put forth by Israeli legislators that violate the right to privacy and freedom of expression.
As an organisation that has worked at the intersections of human rights and technology for nearly three decades, APC welcomes the focus of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his next report on the exercise of these rights in the digital age.
Ahead of Cameroon’s review by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, APC, Access Now and Internet Sans Frontières submitted a joint shadow report encouraging the Committee to consider the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and enjoyment of these rights.
This report focuses on the relationship between meaningful access to the internet and the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights in Cameroon, and in particular, the violation of these rights that come with internet shutdowns.
The undersigned organisations and individuals are dedicated to ensuring justice for human rights abuses around the world and to upholding human rights, including the right to freedom of expression. We write to urge you to oppose the proposed “regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online”.
In response to reports that the government has shut down the internet, this joint open letter calls on the ICT minister of Zimbabwe to ensure the stability and openness of the internet.
The UN General Assembly's 73rd session passed a record number of resolutions relevant for internet policy. This article outlines developments in the First Committee, relating to international norms in cyberspace, and the Third Committee, covering a range of internet-related human rights issues.