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Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology 08 June 2018 Namita Aavriti

Technology, by the wider internet rights and research community, is assumed to be a neutral tool, especially of development. The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination and exclusion on the internet. It is largely because of this that the notion of a feminist internet...

Infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh
Infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh 14 May 2018 Bytesforall Bangladesh

Bytesforall Bangladesh has prepared the following infographic on net neutrality in Bangladesh. It showcases the growth and penetration of internet over the years, its percentile representation in terms of connectivity, data usage, its relationship to social media usage, delivery of data based value-added services, examples of free or preferential services through mobile data network, laws, Act, regulations in support of net neutrality and/or fairness in competition. Net neutrality is rat...

Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan
Media Matters for Democracy: Surrendering to silence in Pakistan 03 May 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Surrendering to Silence: An account of self-censorship among Pakistani journalists is the latest publication by APC member Media Matters for Democracy on the state of freedom of expression and censorship among journalists in Pakistan. This study sets out to test the claims of self-censorship in the Pakistani news media through a survey of journalists working in the country. The study ...

EsLaRed: Analysis of policies that threaten access to the internet in Venezuela, as a consequence of the state of emergency, during the period 2016-2017
EsLaRed: Analysis of policies that threaten access to the internet in Venezuela, as a consequence of the state of emergency, during the period 2016-2017 09 April 2018 Edmundo Vitale, Sandra Benitez y Beatriz Sandia

In Venezuela, in recent decades, projects, programmes and plans on policies have been developed. These items are conceived to ensure equitable, affordable and sustainable access to the internet for the digitally excluded population, considering geographical location, gender, social stratum, disabilities or identity. These initiatives have been based on the strategic guidelines set out in the pl...

#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation
#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation 07 April 2018

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual report on Palestinian digital activism under the title #Palestine 2017. This annual report is being published for the third consecutive year and monitors social media activities of all Palestinians throughout 2017. The research provides statistics and information about Palestinians' internet access and usage, ex...

The African School on Internet Governance: Tracer study of four rounds of AfriSIG (2013-2016)
The African School on Internet Governance: Tracer study of four rounds of AfriSIG (2013-2016) 22 March 2018 Debbie Budlender

The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) is an annual five-day residential knowledge and leadership building event established by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency and from 2015 organised in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF). The primary objective of A...

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

Internet shutdowns: A study of social impact in India is the second in the series of DEF’s efforts for advocacy against internet shutdowns. The previous research report, Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs national security, highlights the existing and emerging threats to fundamental rights and human rights on account of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate imposition of Inter...

SMEX: Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States
SMEX: Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States 19 February 2018 Social Media Exchange

In the context of growing government control of mobile networks and a lack of transparency by both governments and companies in making these controls visible, this report, “Dependent yet disenfranchised. The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab States” seeks to document the public disclosure of key policies by all mobile operators in the 22 countries of the Arab reg...

Digital activism survey on Palestinian civil society organisations
Digital activism survey on Palestinian civil society organisations 15 February 2018 Maha Bader

This research aims to examine the performance of Palestinian organisations in relation to their media activity and their usage of social and digital media in particular. In many cases, the high levels of social media consumption by Palestinian society has imposed such means of communication on these organisations and associations. We recognised the need for conducting a survey that examines the...

Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Mapping research in gender and digital technology 30 January 2018 Anri van der Spuy and Namita Aavriti with additional inputs from others

Between January and November 2017, APC carried out a mapping study of the research in gender and digital technology taking place in or concerning middle and low-income countries in the last decade (2006-2017). The study focuses on information and communications technologies and the internet in particular but broadly encompasses digital technology and its impact on gender. This publication is th...

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