Human rights and ICTs

Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda 02 January 2019 Justine Limpitlaw

This paper focuses on the human rights impacts of recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use.

NGOs urge Google to abandon Dragonfly, a project for censorship and surveillance in China
NGOs urge Google to abandon Dragonfly, a project for censorship and surveillance in China 13 December 2018 APCNews

The project, code-named Dragonfly, is reportedly in development and would be designed to meet the censorship requirements of the Chinese government.

Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights
Open letter: Response to Google on Project Dragonfly, China and human rights 11 December 2018 Various

We are writing to ask you to ensure that Google drops Project Dragonfly and any plans to launch a censored search app in China, and to re-affirm the company’s 2010 commitment that it won’t provide censored search services in the country.

Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights
Open letter: Ensure that new EU regulation on copyright complies with human rights 05 December 2018 Various

Human rights and digital rights organisations, including APC, have sent an open letter to EU decision makers asking them to add human rights safeguards to the proposed Copyright Directive on the Digital Single Market throughout the negotiation process.

Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights 01 December 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

This submission highlights the impact of the policies and practices of internet intermediaries on the ability of women and LGBTIQ communities to access, shape and use ICTs, in the context of the full realisation of their human rights. It focuses on two thematic areas: online GBV and sexual rights.

UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators
UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators 27 November 2018 UNESCO

Work on the project to define Internet Universality Indicators was led for UNESCO by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on behalf of the Internet Indicators Consortium, which included, apart from APC, ict Development Associates, Research ICT Africa and LIRNEasia.

UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa
UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 Mehar Gujral for APCNews

With its appearance at the Committee, South Africa has recognised the essential role of access to the internet as an enabler of rights. It is critical for the government to continue to engage with civil society and other stakeholders to advance rights-based approaches to internet access.

Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award
Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award 16 November 2018 APCNews

APC congratulates Karen Banks for being recognised with the Oxford Internet Institute Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for her extraordinary, unique and long-lasting contributions towards the development, use and study of the internet for the public good.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands 13 November 2018 Various

The undersigned civil society organizations, call on Facebook to provide a mechanism for all of its users to appeal content restrictions, and, in every case, to have the appealed decision re-reviewed by a human moderator.

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks 12 November 2018 Various

The 43 country reports and eight thematic reports in this year's GISWatch focus on community networks, defined as “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.”

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