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EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: AI and its role in COVID-19 responses 15 July 2020 By Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

On the third episode of Pretty Good Podcast, ARTICLE 19 digital programme officer Vidushi Marda dissects the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the region’s response to COVID-19 and what the new applications of this technology mean for digital rights after the pandemic.

Tracking disinformation laws and policies in more than 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa 13 July 2020 By APCNews

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the dissemination of vast amounts of information, both verified and unverified. Against this backdrop, civil society organisations recently launched the Disinformation Tracker, an interactive map to track disinformation laws and policies across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over students' lack of internet access for online education
Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over students' lack of internet access for online education 13 July 2020 By Media Matters for Democracy

Students are facing infrastructural challenges in attending online classes, which are mandatory. The unavailability of quality access to the internet is causing massive challenges for students who are solely dependent on online platforms for education during COVID-19.

EngageMedia: Pride 2020 perseveres despite the pandemic and threats to freedom of expression online
EngageMedia: Pride 2020 perseveres despite the pandemic and threats to freedom of expression online 09 July 2020 By Vino Lucero for EngageMedia

Amid physical and social distancing guidelines across the world, LGBTQI+ organisations faced roadblocks in fully celebrating this year’s Pride month in person. So this 2020, the organisers of Pride marches needed to explore new ways of expressing that unity fully – if not mainly – online.

Imagining futures: Eliane Brum on the need to fight government-driven genocide of Brazil's indigenous people
Imagining futures: Eliane Brum on the need to fight government-driven genocide of Brazil's indigenous people 09 July 2020 By APCNews

As part of the WOW Global 24 Festival, award-winning Brazilian journalist Eliane Brum gave a powerful account on the current situation in Brazil and what she describes as a "government-driven genocide of Brazil's indigenous people."

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 44th session 29 June 2020 By APC

APC’s priorities at this HRC session include the implications of COVID-19 for human rights online, the impact of digital technologies on freedom of assembly and association online, racial discrimination and inequality and new information technologies, and online gender-based violence.

Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act
Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act 28 June 2020 By VOICE

Rights and advocacy organisation VOICE expresses deep concern over the arrest of journalists, online activists, teachers, students, writers and cartoonists, among others, under the Digital Security Act 2018, and urges the Bangaldeshi government to scrap the law.

Speaking of Hatred: Reflections on responses to hatred, hate speech and violence
Speaking of Hatred: Reflections on responses to hatred, hate speech and violence 28 June 2020

In the third session of “Speaking of Hatred: A three-part presentation on hatred, religion and gender in South and Southeast Asia", Dr. V. Geetha spoke about civil society resistance at various levels and through various approaches to counter hatred, hate speech and violence.

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