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RightsCon, an annual event that assembles diverse stakeholders at the intersection of human rights and technology, will be held this year from 5-8 June in Costa Rica and online. The organiser AccessNow is helping enable over 600 sessions across 15 thematic tracks in the event’s first-ever hybrid format.

See the APC network’s schedule of organising and participating at RightsCon 2023 here.

Throughout our network’s vibrant participation, APC will engage with governments, civil society and private sector with a particular focus on two of the event’s three main themes, gender and sexuality and climate and environmental justice, as well as presenting a much-needed gender-responsive perspective on cybersecurity. Our approach and messages will be informed by our collective years of work and research on these ideas. Here are some key knowledge resources and readings to help us prepare to engage with each other at RightsCon 2023.

Draft of a Feminist Principle of the internet on the environment

We have a draft Feminist Principle of the Internet on the environment! This FPI will provide a framework for women's movements to articulate and explore issues related to technology, digital rights and the environment. Linked to this, there will be a way forward mapped to bring this text to life through engaging in spaces where we can influence policy, donor advocacy, public awareness and build momentum for collective action to actively shift the devastating impacts of the technology industry on the earth.

Imagining a principle for a feminist internet focusing on environmental justice

This report draws on the deep process from the hackfeminist meeting on technology and affections to imagine a principle for a feminist internet with supporting wisdom from two other moments.

A framework for developing gender-responsive cybersecurity policy

This three-part framework developed by APC seeks to support policy makers and civil society organisations by providing practical guidance for developing gender-responsive cybersecurity policies, laws and strategies. Thus, it is expected to contribute to the various stakeholders interested in the contributions of a gender approach to cybersecurity to find a theoretical background that can support their policies and actions.

Why feminist research is necessary to address technology-facilitated gender-based violence: Recommendations and way forward

In spite of expanding awareness on online and technology-facilitated gender-based violence, there has only been an increase in the violence online in the last decade. Feminist research points to ways to address this ongoing challenge.

Do we need new laws to address non-consensual circulation of intimate images: The case of Brazil

The circulation of Non-Consensual Intimate Images [NCII], also known by the “defective” term revenge porn, is defined as the act of disseminating intimate images of a person without their consent, regardless of whether they had consented to the making of the image. There is growing traction throughout the world that there needs to be legislation regarding NCII.

White paper on feminist internet research

This white paper aims to assess feminist internet research in relation to internet governance and policy, with a particular focus on scholarship in the global South. It explores in depth eight topics in order to understand a feminist approach to these subjects, key areas of analysis and boundary pushing by feminist internet research, and opportunities for further research. The topics are access, expression, pleasure, online gender-based violence (GBV), surveillance, data and datafication, artificial intelligence and the digital economy.

A guide to the circular economy of digital devices

This guide is divided into 12 modules and illustrated through case studies. It describes the concepts and processes of circularity, and summarises its key challenges and opportunities, including for policy advocacy.

Shifting priorities for the planet: New research grounds digital rights in struggle for climate and environmental justice

A new research project explores how digital rights and climate and environmental justice intersect. It presents a landscape analysis and seven issue briefs, including four briefs from the APC network that point to collaboration between digital rights organisations and environmental justice actors, and areas of immediate impact and intervention for donors.

Articulating digital and environmental justices

Conversations about digital and environmental justice are not happening together in the way that is needed. In an effort to try and fill this gap, the Just Net Coalition, with APC and CETRI, organised a two-day event on October 2021 that brought together activists, experts and officials from the environmental, social and digital justice movements.

GISWatch 2020: Technology, the environment and a sustainable world

The world is facing an unprecedented climate and environmental emergency. This edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved.

Infrastructures of resistance: Community networks hacking the global crisis

Living in times of inequality exacerbated by the COVID global health crisis, this special edition of explores how intersectional approaches in community networks have been transforming these realities by embodying infrastructures of resistance and bringing hope to their communities.

Community Networks (CN) Learning Repository

This repository has been created to serve as a collective space to store, share and exchange resources – including publications, audios, videos, training guides, websites, etc. – as a way to help strengthen training processes that can contribute to the consolidation of community networks and other communication projects that are self-managed by communities.

Community networks in Latin America: Weaving dreams together

A diverse range of people with different backgrounds are building community networks in many countries in the LAC region. They are demonstrating that community networks can be a process in which technologies, communications and access are moulded to meet local realities, dreams and needs.

GISWatch 2021-2022: Digital futures for a post-pandemic world

Through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) highlights the different and complex ways in which democracy and human rights are at risk across the globe, and illustrates how fundamental meaningful internet access is to sustainable development. It includes a series of thematic reports, dealing with, among others, emerging issues in advocacy for access, platformisation, tech colonisation and the dominance of the private sector, internet regulation and governance, privacy and data, new trends in funding internet advocacy, and building a post-pandemic feminist agenda.

GISWatch reports from Costa Rica

A vital collection of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) reports specifically focused on Costa Rica.

Seeding change in Costa Rica: Environmental sustainability and the need to strengthen female leadership

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? In Central America, the intersection between digital transformation and environmental justice has been a priority for Sulá Batsú for many years.