Security and privacy

Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity
Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity 24 February 2021 Marwa Azelmat and Verónica Ferrari

The informal multistakeholder virtual dialogue session taking place 25 February will create opportunities for dialogue between states and other stakeholders on the issues addressed by the UN General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG).

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.

Putting cybersecurity on the rights track
Putting cybersecurity on the rights track 15 December 2020 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

This report is a compilation of the outcomes of the research component of a small project entitled “Putting cybersecurity on the rights track” that the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) implemented during the course of 2019 with the participation of APC members.

COVID-19 and the Right to Privacy: An analysis of South Korean experiences
COVID-19 and the Right to Privacy: An analysis of South Korean experiences 09 December 2020 Byoung-il Oh, Yeokyung Chang and SeonHwa Jeong

This new report jointly published by the Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and the Institute for Digital Rights summarises digital rights violations during the response to COVID-19 in South Korea.

Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent
Offensive against Sleeping Giants Brazil may set a dangerous precedent 09 December 2020 Bruno Marinoni and Marina Pita

In May 2020, a Twitter profile called Sleeping Giants Brazil emerged and started to publicly call for advertising companies to acknowledge their responsibility in the fight against so-called "fake news", pressuring them not to finance channels that propagate this type of content.

"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case"
"We will observe the evaluation and preparatory trial hearing of the Ola Bini case" 02 December 2020 Various

Ola Bini is a computer expert and human rights defender facing a political-judicial process in Ecuador since April 2019. The undersigned Ecuadorian and international civil society organisations have set up a mission to observe the preparatory hearing and trial evaluation of 3 December 2020.

A human-centric approach to international cybernorms: Civil society feedback on the UN Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs proposals
A human-centric approach to international cybernorms: Civil society feedback on the UN Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs proposals 01 December 2020 Verónica Ferrari (Association for Progressive Communications) and Sheetal Kumar (Global Partners Digital)

Cybersecurity is a human rights issue. Human rights defenders, groups that are subject to discrimination, and journalists, among others, rely on the internet to exercise their rights. An open, secure, stable and rights-based internet can only be ensured with the involvement of all stakeholders.

APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity
APC policy explainer: A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity 18 November 2020 APC

A human rights-based approach to cybersecurity means putting people at the centre and ensuring that there is trust and security in networks and devices that reinforce, rather than threaten, human security. APC explains why, where and how we work on this issue.

Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy
Consumer and digital rights groups call on the international joint initiative on e-commerce to safeguard data protection and privacy 16 November 2020 Various

This joint statement calls on countries participating in the WTO negotiations on global rules to make it easier for consumers and companies to trade online to design a deal that puts people at its the centre and fully protect their rights.

Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy
Joint letter calling for reforms to EU funding to ensure the right to privacy 11 November 2020 Various

In this joint letter, APC, Privacy International and other civil society organisations raise their concerns over the funding and development of projects and initiatives which threaten the right to privacy and other fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

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