Security and privacy

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet
Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet 14 September 2021 Various

Joint letter, signed by a coalition of civil society and industry stakeholders, raises concerns about the human rights risks of internet fragmentation and setting out principles for an open, interconnected and interoperable internet.

Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately
Civil society calls on international actors in Afghanistan to secure digital identity and biometric data immediately 09 September 2021 Various

Aid agencies, humanitarian organisations and other international actors operating within Afghanistan, as well as private sector vendors who supply and service digital identity, are urgently called to safeguard digital identity and biometric databases created in Afghanistan.

Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements
Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements 08 September 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? With South Korea actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jinbonet has worked on analysing the country’s epidemic prevention policies and systems, and their effects on human rights and privacy.

India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling
India: Spyware use violates Supreme Court privacy ruling 01 September 2021 Various

Eleven groups, including APC, call on Indian authorities to immediately, independently and credibly investigate the government’s alleged use of advanced spyware to target activists and apparent opponents.

APC policy explainer: Disinformation
APC policy explainer: Disinformation 30 August 2021 APC

APC considers disinformation to be a complex and multifaceted problem that cannot be properly addressed by a fragmented approach. It is also a multistakeholder challenge that requires dialogue between different sectors. In this document, APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

Seeding change: Feminist Tech Exchange explores digital safety through a feminist framework
Seeding change: Feminist Tech Exchange explores digital safety through a feminist framework 20 August 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? In this column we’re highlighting stories of impact and change by our members, supported by APC subgranting. APC's Feminist Tech Exchange explores digital safety through a feminist framework that is collective, responsive and flexible.

Open letter to TECNO Mobile
Open letter to TECNO Mobile 19 August 2021 Various

APC and several APC member organisations in Africa form part of a coalition of 11 civil society organisations that have called on TECNO to make serious changes to its practices to protect users' privacy and security.

Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products
Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products 19 August 2021 Various

APC joined with an international coalition of over 90 civil society organisations in an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to abandon its recently announced plans to build surveillance capabilities into iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. 

Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?
Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change? 17 August 2021 Marwa Azelmat for GenderIT.org

We welcome the commitments made by Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle online abuse on their platforms. However, without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce and amplify existing inequalities, built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms on the surface.

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