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This section features articles that are meant to inform readers about perspectives, issues and debates around certain topics considered relevant within the ICT arena, as well as highlights about all those activities and themes that matter to the APC network and the spaces we engage in.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 37 24 June 2021 By APCNews

Welcome to the 37th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Pretty Good Podcast Episode 14: Can open source video platforms challenge YouTube? 23 June 2021 By EngageMedia

With Big Tech monopolies owning many of the online services we regularly use, is there still a space (and an audience) for platforms and content outside this mostly proprietary ecosystem?

#TheAppWatchdog: SMEX expands its work to secure Lebanese citizens’ digital data
#TheAppWatchdog: SMEX expands its work to secure Lebanese citizens’ digital data 23 June 2021 By Social Media Exchange (SMEX)

In Lebanon, the legal framework for privacy and data protection is in limbo, cybersecurity is minimal to non-existent, and citizens’ rights are neglected. SMEX has been following these issues closely, and now, it is expanding its work to serve as a watchdog over citizens’ digital data.

Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session
Human rights online at the Human Rights Council 47th session 21 June 2021 By Paula Martins and Veronica Ferrari

The HRC will hold its 47th session in Geneva from 21 June to 13 July. APC considers the HRC sessions an important opportunity to influence the formulation of international standards on human rights online and to raise awareness regarding violations of human rights online in specific countries.

The digital divide in India: How access to technology and reliable information affects India’s response to the pandemic
The digital divide in India: How access to technology and reliable information affects India’s response to the pandemic 09 June 2021 By APCNews

With more than 349,000 deaths and more than 2.5 million active cases, people in India are struggling in the midst of an unrelenting surge of COVID-19 infections. How can we leverage technology to ensure access to reliable information in the midst of fake news and misinformation?

New Asia-Pacific video platform highlights social and environmental films
New Asia-Pacific video platform highlights social and environmental films 04 June 2021 By EngageMedia

EngageMedia has launched Cinemata.org, a platform for social and environmental films about the Asia-Pacific that curates videos in a variety of styles and genres, including documentary, fiction, animation, experimental, and more.

APC at RightsCon 2021
APC at RightsCon 2021 03 June 2021 By APCNews

APC sees RightsCon as a convening space for strategising and networking, as well as an opportunity to showcase APC’s work and perspectives on human rights in the digital space, a feminist internet, access and digital inclusion, social justice and environmental sustainability.

7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights
7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights 01 June 2021 By 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The report shows increases in attacks on Palestinian digital rights and details the violations on various social media and technology platforms, including the spread of hate speech and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs in the Hebrew language.

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