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Domestic legal remedies for technology-related violence against women: Review of related studies and literature
Domestic legal remedies for technology-related violence against women: Review of related studies and literature 26 August 2014 Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project

This review of related studies and literature forms part of the legal remedy research which falls under the End violence: Women’s rights and safety online (EndVAW) flagship project of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). The project is to be implemented from 2012 to 2015 with support from the Dutch government’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme. The review will present different perspectives on the interrelatedness and interconnectedness...

Technology-related violence against women – Recent legislative trends
Technology-related violence against women – Recent legislative trends 26 August 2014 Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project

This study seeks to explore recent legislative developments aimed at addressing and providing avenues of redress for technology-related violence against women. We explore the objectives, structure and application of four domestic legislative responses to different forms of violence against women, seeking to understand how domestic legislatures are responding to increasing awareness of violence against women online. The key questions that this report has sought to ask of the legislation includ...

Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa
Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa 09 May 2014 Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen

South Africa largely respects online freedoms, and to this extent the country could be considered to have a free online media environment. Many of the instances of internet censorship apparent in more repressive countries, and outlined by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank la Rue, are absent in South Afr...

Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs
Global Information Society Watch 2013: Women's rights, gender and ICTs 11 March 2014 Various

This edition of GISWatch explores women’s rights and gender through the lens of information and communications technologies (ICTs). It includes a series of expert thematic reports on issues such as access to infrastructure, participation, online disobedience, and sexuality online, as well as 46 country reports on topics like the rights of domestic workers, trafficking in women, participation ...

Internet freedom monitoring in New Zealand
Internet freedom monitoring in New Zealand 03 December 2013 Joy Liddicoat

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

Internet intermediary liability: Identifying best practices for Africa
Internet intermediary liability: Identifying best practices for Africa 20 November 2013 Nicolo Zingales

The role of intermediaries in global networked communication is ubiquitous. All producers of content on the internet have to rely on the action of some third party–the so called intermediary–in order to reach their recipients. Such action of intermediation ranges from the mere provision of connectivity, to more advanced services such as a specific type of communication tool or platform. For...

Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions
Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions 04 September 2013 Association for Progressive Communications

This Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) special report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last 10 years. Available in English, Spanish and French, it responds to the opportunity provided by the World Summit on the Information Society (WS...

Global Information Society Watch 2012
Global Information Society Watch 2012 21 February 2013 Various

While hidden cameras can document and flag human rights abuses by authoritarian governments, these same videos can then be used to identify dissidents who are later detained and tortured, explains David Sasaki in his introduction to the 2012 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch). As the latest edition of the publication makes its way online, the 2012 edition focuses on how the ...

Intermediary liability in South Africa
Intermediary liability in South Africa 04 January 2013 Alex Comninos

The rapid growth in internet access and use in Africa, particularly through the mobile internet, makes it imperative for civil society and for internet companies committed to the free flow of information and freedom of expression to better understand how intermediary liability works (or does not work). This paper looks at the role of internet intermediaries as well as their limitations on enabl...

The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain
The liability of internet intermediaries in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda: An uncertain terrain 31 October 2012 Alex Comninos

Intermediary liability refers to when internet intermediaries involved in the transmission processing or storage of electronic data across on the internet are held liable for unlawful content transmitted or stored on their networks. Sometimes intermediaries may find themselves legally liable for content on their networks created by third parties, including content which they did not even know ...

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