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Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India 21 January 2022 Various

In 2020, Facebook (now Meta) commissioned the law firm Foley Hoag to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) to evaluate its role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence on its services in India. A year and a half later, the HRIA has not yet been released.

APC's reflections on the 2021 Internet Governance Forum and suggestions for 2022 20 January 2022 APC

This document summarises APC's reflections on the 2021 IGF in terms of what worked well and what did not work so well, in areas such as the preparatory process, the hybrid format, the programme, logistics, inclusion, diversity and safety. It also offers recommendations for the 2022 IGF.

Exposed: Civil society condemns use of Pegasus in El Salvador to spy on journalists and activists
Exposed: Civil society condemns use of Pegasus in El Salvador to spy on journalists and activists 19 January 2022 Various

The undersigned organisations condemn the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus technology in El Salvador for the surveillance of journalists and civil society, as initially flagged by local independent media and confirmed through a joint investigation by global and regional civil society organisations.

Hashtag Palestine 2021
Hashtag Palestine 2021 18 January 2022 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The seventh annual report “Hashtag Palestine” illuminates the digital rights violations of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian advocates online, at the hands of the three authorities as well as different social media companies in relation to the escalations and developments on the ground.

Over 100 public interest organisations and experts urge the UN to include human rights safeguards in proposed cybercrime convention
Over 100 public interest organisations and experts urge the UN to include human rights safeguards in proposed cybercrime convention 14 January 2022 Various

A joint letter urges members of the UN Ad Hoc Committee drafting a potential Cybercrime Treaty to ensure that human rights protections are included at every step and global civil society is provided opportunities to participate in the development process.

APC statement at the virtual, informal consultative discussion with the Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
APC statement at the virtual, informal consultative discussion with the Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 17 December 2021 APC

In this statement, APC calls on the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to recognise that existing and emerging cyber threats impact differently on groups subject to intersecting forms of discrimination, including women and people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions.

Online caste-hate speech: Pervasive discrimination and humiliation on social media
Online caste-hate speech: Pervasive discrimination and humiliation on social media 15 December 2021 Damni Kain, Shivangi Narayan, Torsha Sarkar and Gurshabad Grover

This report presents insights into online caste-hate speech, combining qualitative accounts of the targets of such expression on social media platforms with an analysis of these platforms’ speech norms.

Multi-stakeholder letter for OEWG Chair on modalities
Multi-stakeholder letter for OEWG Chair on modalities 09 December 2021 Various

A group of more than 140 members of the multistakeholder community have signed a letter addressed to Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, Chair of the UN OEWG, about multistakeholder participation in the upcoming sessions.

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