Security and privacy

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.

APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 10 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this session. We appreciate Ambassador Lauber’s openness to civil society and the OEWG’s willingness to receive and consider comments by non-state actors.

Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report
Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report 10 March 2021 Various

In this response to the first substantive draft of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG) report, APC and other civil society organisations provide general feedback, focusing on the “introductory remarks” and the “conclusions and recommendations” sections, and provide recommendations.

Predation or innovation?
Predation or innovation? 10 March 2021 Julia Keseru for GenderIT.org

This piece is the second in a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long-term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic
PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic 03 March 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement has announced the opening of registration for the fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, which will take place online this year, between 29 March and April 1.

APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)
APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 02 March 2021 APC

APC welcomes this opportunity to address comments to the zero draft of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) report.

Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries
Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries 01 March 2021 APCNews

The African Digital Rights Network has published the first study to compare the digital rights landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Cameroon.

Gender approaches to cybersecurity: Design, defence and response
Gender approaches to cybersecurity: Design, defence and response 25 February 2021

"Gender Approaches to Cybersecurity" explores how gender norms shape specific activities pertaining to cybersecurity design, defence and response. In each of these three pillars, the research identifies distinct dimensions of cyber-related activities that have gendered implications and, thus, need to be considered from a gender perspective.

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