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.

Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) second convening report (summary)
Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) second convening report (summary) 15 April 2021

In this report summary we share presentation briefs, quotes, insights and discussions from the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) online convening, held from 15 to 23 June 2020.

An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies
An ideal framework for the accountable use of personal data by law enforcement and state security agencies 13 April 2021 Koliwe Majama

There are increasing concerns over the way in which some of the data collected through automated digital technologies for law enforcement is being manipulated or misused, prompting calls for more accountable use of personal data to protect the rights of citizens.

Human Rights Council to select a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
Human Rights Council to select a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy 25 March 2021 APC

As well as requirements such as commitment to the universal application of human rights, relevant experience, competence, independence and personal integrity, any individual considered for this mandate should also be well positioned to address the gendered dimensions of privacy.

SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online?
SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online? 24 March 2021 SMEX

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organisations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.

Uganda's digital identification systems and processes in a protracted crisis: What can be done?
Uganda's digital identification systems and processes in a protracted crisis: What can be done? 24 March 2021 Unwanted Witness

This brief was informed by a systematic document review of published documents, including the Registration of Persons Act 2015, parliamentary reports, news articles and other reports on digital identity system processes, as well as key informant interviews and site visits.

Feminist Digital Futures: What would feminist social media look like?
Feminist Digital Futures: What would feminist social media look like? 22 March 2021 APCNews

In this podcast, APC’s Marwa Azelmat talks about the need to enable women and marginalised communities to use technology safely, and the value of looking at locally informed approaches to platform design and governance to make social media more equitable and accessible for all.

APC comments on the final report of the OEWG on cybersecurity
APC comments on the final report of the OEWG on cybersecurity 18 March 2021 APC

After two years of negotiations, the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security has adopted its final report. Here, APC presents its positions on the most salient points of the report.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse
EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse 17 March 2021 EngageMedia

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on privacy, government surveillance and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific, the region where most of the world’s population lives but whose voices are often overlooked in global tech discourse?

India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech
India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech 15 March 2021 APC and others

The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, targeting critics of the authorities and supporters of the protests.

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