ICT policy

CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications
CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications 31 August 2020 Simone Toussi and Thomas Robertson

In response to national security challenges related to terrorism, ethnic conflict and organised crime, Niger promulgated a new law on the interception of communications, with surveillance implications that threaten the right to free speech and privacy online.

SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon
SMEX: How the global internet disruption affected Lebanon 31 August 2020 Abed Kataya

On 30 August, Lebanese internet users reported an internet disruption that made it almost impossible to access platforms like Twitter. This outage affected many websites and services globally, but not all internet service providers nor all internet services in Lebanon were affected the same.

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?
African internet resilience: What about complementary access models? 31 August 2020 Marta Kopp

The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

Organisations of the Americas demand respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Organisations of the Americas demand respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 31 August 2020 Various

Over 400 organisations signed this open letter demanding respect for the autonomy of the Inter-American Commission. The OAS Secretary General’s decision undermines the IACHR’s institutionality and puts its autonomy and independence at risk.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28 27 August 2020

Welcome to the 28th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon
Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon 19 August 2020 Sarah Farooqui, Digital Empowerment Foundation

Participants from a range of countries and regions took part in a panel at RightsCon 2020 to bring perspectives from around the world to the topic of empowering the people through media and information literacy.

Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020
Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020 18 August 2020 Open Culture Foundation

APC member organisation the Open Culture Foundation (OCF), based in Taiwan, reflects upon their experience at RightsCon 2020, which this year took place online.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Communications privacy – big tech vs open source
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Communications privacy – big tech vs open source 14 August 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, EngageMedia chats with Simon Harmon and Sam de Silva from the Loki Foundation, makers of the private messaging app Session, on the benefits of and challenges to using secure tools for communications.

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