In this submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, APC explores the human rights implications of the gender digital divide for women and girls and offers possible solutions to bridging the divide from a human rights perspective, highlighting APC’s work in this area.
Helen Nyinakiiza, a digital security trainer for human rights defenders and consultant for Amnesty’s Panic Button project, recently joined the APC network as an individual member.
The APC member grants programme offers three types of grants which are available to our organisational members. They support initiatives that contribute to implementing APC’s strategic priorities for the current period. Applications must be submitted by 10 April 2017. Read more!
APCNews interviewed internet pioneer and historian Ian Peter, founder of Australia’s first public internet provider and founding director of APC, who recently formally joined the APC network as an individual member.
HRC 34: "International borders are not zones of exclusion or exception for human rights obligations"
In the oral statement delivered by APC’s Deborah Brown as part of the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children at the Human Rights Council 34th Session, APC manifested its concerns over reports that the United States government is demanding visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts at points of entry.
Between 6 and 10 March a large part of the APC community will be in Valencia, Spain for the Internet Freedom Festival, discussing internet rights with hundreds of activists, journalists and members of the technical community. We think this is the perfect occasion to throw a welcome party for Chelsea Manning. Will you join us?
The Internet Freedom Festival, which takes place in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis, has become one of the main events for civil society to gather around issues of surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Check out this list of the events in which APC is involved and join us!
Are you part of a project, campaign or initiative that you would like to share with us, or do you want to network, look for allies and partners? Then the Global South Mixer Party organised by APC and Derechos Digitales at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain is the perfect space to do so. If you are interested, read more!
This GenderIT.org edition examines how gendered labour is embedded in the making of digital devices in the hardware industries spread across Asia, and how inequities of gender and other dynamics of caste, race, ethnicity continue to play a role in allegedly emancipated corporate spaces across the globe. As we further delve into looking at gendered labour, we realise it is not absence but invisibilising of labour, and even further that it is often extraction and exploitation.
The 34th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age.
These practices persist in violation of the United States’ human rights treaty obligations, and action is needed to hold the US government accountable for the protection of human rights at US borders, which are not zones of exclusion or exception.
On 1 April 2017 APC’s current deputy executive director, Chat Garcia Ramilo, will assume the position of executive director. Anriette Esterhuysen will step down as ED and assume a position as director of advocacy.
On 23 February tech companies and organisations will face a Distributed Denial of Women, a general strike to show how important women are to the tech industry. Take Back the Tech! wants to make sure the industry understands how to change the toxic culture that affects women and other marginalised people. Write about your experience, and we’ll publish it on our site.
We have interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of Lebanese NGO Social Media Exchange, which just joined the APC network.
Restrictions on internet access, which have been in effect since 17 January 2017, have specifically targeted Anglophone regions. APC notes with grave concern these shutdowns ordered by the government of Cameroon.
Masibulele Jay Siya told us the story of Mankosi, a village that came together to build and maintain its own telecommunications network and offer affordable communications to the people in rural Eastern Cape.
African internet rights are at the core of APC’s work and will take another step forward with our new Africa policy regional coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, who just joined APC.
Groundbreaking report on the shrinking spaces for online freedom of assembly and association in Pakistan
Bytes for All, Pakistan has launched a new report that focuses on local and international advocacy initiatives to improve Pakistan’s compliance with international human rights law and practices in relation to freedom of assembly and association online.
Even in 2015 the contribution by women to Wikipedia, one of the largest repositories online of organised knowledge about the world, had not reached 25% of the total. Most of the content online comes from the global North, specifically from white male contributors in North America. What needs to be done to ensure diversity, localisation and gender parity in content online? APCNews speaks to Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse from Whose Knowledge? project to find out more.
At APC, we will keep working on promoting access to a free and open internet to improve our lives and create a more just world. What does this mean specifically and what do we wish to accomplish in 2017?