Human rights and ICTs

The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approval of 388-25 in the House of Representatives and 97-2 in the Senate, the bill is now on its way to P...

Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet
Disco-tech Paris: Join us in this pre-IGF event on disability and accessibility to the internet 01 November 2018

Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) kicks off on Monday, 12 November 2018, in Paris, France. On the evening of Sunday, 11 November, from 19:30 to 22:00, APC and Hivos/Digital Defenders Partnership will host the event Disco-tech Paris, under the theme, “Breaking through the walls of an inaccessible internet”. What will we do? 177 countries have ratified the global Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which...

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil 31 October 2018 Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social

In light of the result of the second round of elections, Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social is publicly expressing deep concern about the choice made by the majority of Brazilians who went to the polls this Sunday, October 28, and who elected Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) for the Presidency of the Republic.  It is public knowledge that the president-elect has made repeated state...

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations. ...

APC at the IGF 2018: Schedule of events
APC at the IGF 2018: Schedule of events 20 October 2018

Pre-IGF event: Discotech (11 November) APC at the IGF 2018: Schedule of Day 1 (12 November) APC at the IGF 2018: Schedule of Day 2 (13 November) APC at the IGF 2018: Schedule of Day 3 (14 November)

APC members in 2017: KICTANet elections observation mission
APC members in 2017: KICTANet elections observation mission 01 October 2018 KICTANet

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on rights. The last two general elections in Kenya have had heavy deployment of technology to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability in the electoral process. During the 2017 general elections, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) observed the use of information and telecommunications technologies...

Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama
Exploring Africa’s digitalisation agenda with Koliwe Majama 28 September 2018 APCNews

“It’s important to ask, does Africa have a digitalisation agenda? Who set it? What is the strategy? Who is the gatekeeper?” These are the crucial questions APC’s Koliwe Majama posed at the start of her keynote lecture, delivered at the “Digitalisation in Africa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Technology, Development and Justice” conference at the University of Tübingen, Germany ...

Contribution from APC to the 2018 Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity
Contribution from APC to the 2018 Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity 25 September 2018 APC

The Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum (IGF BPF) on Cybersecurity is a multistakeholder group focusing on the development of culture, norms and values in cybersecurity. Norms have become a very important mechanism for states and non-state actors to agree on responsible behaviour in cyberspace. There are numerous initiatives underway in this regard, but with limited exceptions, such a...

HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems
HRC 39: Calling on states to halt the dismantling of our human rights systems 25 September 2018 Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Coalition of African Lesbians, Sexual Rights Initiative and Association for Progressive Communications

This statement was read out during the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council by Amanda Hodgeson from the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), during the general debate under Agenda Item 8: Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. I make this statement on behalf of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the Coalition of African Lesbians,...

Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018)
Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018) 10 September 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Coalition Report to the 64th session (24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This Parallel Coalition Report (Second Coalition Report) is submitted to the CESCR to as...

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