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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 plans of the nation, which theoretically seek to establish an egalitarian and just society. However, f...

#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, examines the most dominant social and political campaigns and viral hashtags, and monitors human right...

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...

Internet freedoms in Palestine: Mapping of digital rights violations and threats
Internet freedoms in Palestine: Mapping of digital rights violations and threats 23 January 2018 7amleh

The new report titled “Internet freedoms in Palestine: Mapping of digital rights violations and threats” available in English and Arabic, constitutes the first of its kind on the Palestinian level. The report analyses freedoms in the Palestinian virtual sphere, especially in the context of violations that have recently been perpetrated against Palestinian activists on social media platforms...

Voice, visibility and variety of viciousness: A Malaysian study on women's lived realities on social media
Voice, visibility and variety of viciousness: A Malaysian study on women's lived realities on social media 08 January 2018

This is the fourth study on internet rights by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) under the APC-IMPACT project. It builds on EMPOWER’s previous research on online freedom of expression and freedom of information as well as freedom of assembly and association. It is a feminist response to increased instances of bullying and harassment on social media, seeking better understanding ...

Global Information Society Watch 2017: National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs)
Global Information Society Watch 2017: National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs) 20 December 2017 Various

National and Regional Internet Governance Forum Initiatives (NRIs) are now widely recognised as a vital element of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) process. In fact, they are seen to be the key to the sustainability and ongoing evolution of collaborative, inclusive and multistakeholder approaches to internet policy development and implementation. A total of 54 reports on NRIs are gathered in...

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