Internet governance

APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology
APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology 25 January 2021 APC

APC congratulates and welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild to his new role as United Nations Envoy on Technology. APC sees the Tech Envoy role as crucial to promoting improved coordination and synergy among different spaces and processes concerning internet governance and global digital cooperation.

To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more 25 January 2021 APC, Access Now and ARTICLE 19

A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.

Day 4 of the Internet Rules workshop: Deep dives into gender and technology, data sovereignty and the impact of algorithms in our everyday life
Day 4 of the Internet Rules workshop: Deep dives into gender and technology, data sovereignty and the impact of algorithms in our everyday life 27 November 2020 APCNews

“Has there been a gendered reality to the issues discussed in the previous sessions of the workshop?” was the question posed. “In every single one” was the immediate response. So began Day 4 of the Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop.

Day 1 of the Internet Rules workshop: Young digital rights defenders in South Asia come together to learn about internet governance through ICT laws
Day 1 of the Internet Rules workshop: Young digital rights defenders in South Asia come together to learn about internet governance through ICT laws 24 November 2020 APCNews

The Internet Rules: Unboxing Digital Laws in South Asia workshop kicked off on 23 November online, with 26 young digital rights defenders from all over South Asia coming together to learn about internet governance, jurisprudence related to the internet, digital laws, and related concepts.

Non-state stakeholders' position paper on UN Tech Envoy
Non-state stakeholders' position paper on UN Tech Envoy 19 November 2020 Various

This document sets out the aspirations of non-state actors engaged in the digital cooperation process concerning the guiding principles, profile, roles and responsibilities, and working methods of the United Nations Technology Envoy to be appointed by the Secretary-General.

African School on Internet Governance 2020: A unique opportunity for alumni network building and enrichment
African School on Internet Governance 2020: A unique opportunity for alumni network building and enrichment 17 November 2020 APCNews

The eighth annual AfriSIG will take the form of an online event aimed at strengthening networking among the alumni who have participated in previous editions of the School and giving them the opportunity for deeper engagement in a few key current topics in internet governance in Africa.

APC at the IGF 2020: Daily highlights
APC at the IGF 2020: Daily highlights 12 November 2020 APCNews

The annual Internet Governance Forum, the United Nations’ most significant multistakeholder platform for discussing internet governance, is taking place from 2 to 17 November remotely. Here are some highlights on the participation of APC and its members. 

APC's reflection on  the Options for the Future of Global Digital Cooperation on Recommendation 5A/B of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
APC's reflection on the Options for the Future of Global Digital Cooperation on Recommendation 5A/B of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation 04 November 2020 APC

APC’s view is that global digital cooperation should aim to improve and democratise the governance of the internet at all levels, not only to establish more equitable influence for and among sovereign states, acknowledging that multilateralism and multistakeholderism are mutually reinforcing.

New report by CYRILLA initiative explores the laws on internet shutdowns in the global South
New report by CYRILLA initiative explores the laws on internet shutdowns in the global South 03 November 2020

State-mandated internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent as governments use these to quell dissent and silence critics. Can citizens push back against these shutdowns? Do countries in the global South have a legal framework to address and counter internet shutdowns?

Dialling in the Law: A comparative assessment of jurisprudence on internet shutdowns
Dialling in the Law: A comparative assessment of jurisprudence on internet shutdowns 03 November 2020 Aayush Rathi, Arindrajit Basu and Anoushka Soni

This report outlines jurisprudence across the global South on the legality of internet shutdowns. It tackles the growing challenge of government-mandated disruptions of internet access around the world, often under the guise of safeguarding public order and upholding national security interests.

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