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Notes on the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 October 2021 Paula Martins and Verónica Ferrari

The 48th Session of the Human Rights Council was held from 13 September to 8 October 2021. The HRC remains a key space for APC to raise concerns about threats and challenges to human rights online.

Technology and elections in Uganda: New policy brief highlights digital rights 13 January 2021 CIPESA

As Uganda heads to presidential and parliamentary elections in January 2021, digital communications have taken centre-stage and are playing a crucial role in how candidates and parties engage with citizens.

Examining women’s access to digital platforms: A case of mobile broadband connections in Uganda - Policy brief
Examining women’s access to digital platforms: A case of mobile broadband connections in Uganda - Policy brief 13 November 2020 WOUGNET

This policy brief presents the findings from an evidence-based study that examines the gendered aspects to women’s internet access on mobile broadband connections in Uganda. 

African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends
African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends 28 October 2020

Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa shares a brief on how the African civic tech community has created several innovations or adapted and repurposed existing resources to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief
Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief 12 June 2020 Liz Orembo and Mwara Gichanga

In response to the growing incidence of cyber harassment on Kenyan online platforms, KICTANet conducted a study to highlight the struggles of those affected by it, who are often women. The purpose of this policy brief is to understand the nature of cyber harassment and the existing policy gaps.

APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India
APC at the Human Rights Council 43rd session: Briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in India 04 March 2020 Gayatri Khandhadai, APC Asia policy regional coordinator

Since December 2019, peaceful protests have erupted throughout India in response to the adoption of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. In response, India has witnessed large-scale violence against dissenters and a clampdown on freedoms of religion, expression, assembly and association.

Unpacking the GGE's framework on responsible state behaviour: Cyber norms
Unpacking the GGE's framework on responsible state behaviour: Cyber norms 20 December 2019 Anriette Esterhuysen, Deborah Brown and Sheetal Kumar

At the UN First Committee, two processes – the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) and the Open-ended Working Group  – are exploring the same question: responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. This paper examines norms in cyberspace, or "cyber norms", and their relevance to human ri...

UN First Committee Processes on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace: An Explainer
UN First Committee Processes on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace: An Explainer 04 June 2019 Deborah Brown (APC) and Sheetal Kumar (Global Partners Digital)

In 2018, the First Committee established two parallel processes to discuss responsible state behaviour in cyberspace: the UN Group of Governmental Experts and the Open Ended Working Group. This explainer offers human rights defenders the information they need to engage with these processes.

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