APC is gearing up for three exciting events starting soon in Durban, South Africa: the African Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigX), the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF).
Mohammed Maskati: "Digital security is still considered something cool and fancy and not taken seriously"
APCNews spoke with Mohammed al-Maskati, a renowned Bahraini human rights defender and digital security consultant for Front Line Defenders, during the recent Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa (IGMENA) Summit in Tunis.
The UN Human Rights Council passed a groundbreaking resolution today concerning the safety of journalists. APC welcomes this landmark resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists, its recognition that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and its call on all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists.
“Together for a free and open internet” is the motto for this year’s IGMENA Summit, an event bringing together more than a hundred digital rights activists, human rights defenders, journalists and other stakeholders around internet rights and internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa, between 30 September and 2 October in Tunis.
Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council, one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism.
The 33nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place 12-30 September 2016, and will address the human rights situation in numerous countries where rights violations extend to the online environment. This session will also consider a number of thematic reports that recognise the importance of ICTs for the full realisation of human rights.
APC firmly condemns the decision of the Brazilian Senate to dismiss President Dilma Rousseff. We are deeply concerned about the implications this will have for the possibility to reinforce the use of the internet as a platform for public deliberation and debate, accountability, and dissent, and for the realisation of human rights.
Feminism – in all of its diversity and creativity – will be at the heart of engagement with technology from 8 to 11 September in Costa do Saruípe, Brazil. APC’s Women’s Rights Programme will be at the 13th AWID International Forum, bringing together activists, researchers and techies to work on advancing a feminist internet.
The manner in which the government of Pakistan orchestrated the forceful enactment of the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act is demonstrative of its blatant disregard for human rights and due process. APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy worked on a joint submission to the Human Rights Committee, presenting a detailed picture of the practices that impact internet rights in Pakistan.
Version 2.0 of the Feminist Principles of the Internet is already out, and it has a new online platform that allows you to contribute to the collective construction of the Principles. Visit FeministInternet.org and help us shape the internet we want!
Highway Africa, a conference at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and information and communications technology (ICT), has become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world. APC is participating as part of our efforts to promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.
The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be hosting a one-day pre-event on 7 September at the AWID Forum to Imagine a Feminist Internet. Join us to share your ideas and activism on feminism and technology.
Contribute to building an open and free internet which promotes social justice by joining APC to coordinate its internet policy work in Africa. The purpose of the position is to coordinate implementation of APC’s internet policy, internet rights, internet governance and networking activities in Africa. The deadline for applications is 2 September 2016.
From 8 to 11 September, in Costa do Saruípe, Brazil, we will hold a space that puts feminism – in all of its diversity and creativity – at the heart of engagement with technology, bringing together activists, researchers and techies working on advancing a feminist internet. You’ll get new ideas, inspiration and maybe even potential collaboration!
“Although the cyber crime bill will soon become law, the movement to oppose or amend it has not come to an end"
Pakistan’s new and controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it this week. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC remain extremely concerned over the failure of legislators to ensure that the law fulfils basic human rights standards.
APC member Bytes for All, Pakistan has raised concern over the declining state of fundamental rights in online spaces, highlighting the government’s strategy of fighting terrorism by infringing upon civil liberties. Bytes for All’s 2016 edition of its Internet Landscape of Pakistan series, documents and analyses the state of cyberspace in the country as ‘troubling’.
APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). It will be held in Durban, South Africa from 11 to 15 October 2016 in conjunction with the African Internet Governance Forum.
Mexico’s indigenous communities are getting their own telecoms thanks to APC member Rhizomatica.
Not just a thematic area: Sexual rights, gender, health and rights of defenders at the United Nations HRC 2016
Pluses were the 32nd session of HRC acknowledging that women face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, online violence got a mention and so did indigenous women human rights defenders. Negatives were how far is all this from the realities of sexuality and gender based discrimination and violence.
In her first report to the Human Rights Council on its 32nd session, the new Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonović, outlines thematic priorities for her mandate, including “online violence against women as a new challenge”.