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Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet 19 November 2015 Various

This edition of GISWatch presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. We want to research how generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, are expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet. We also want to show how this relates to the threats of surveillance, censorship and online violence. The eight thematic reports introduce the theme from different perspectives, including the global polic...

Queering internet governance in Indonesia
Queering internet governance in Indonesia 14 November 2015 Kamilia Manaf, Dewi Nova Wahyuni, and Ikram Baadila

In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflict on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Internet. On the one hand, Internet has given space to the advancement of Human Rights including Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ). On the other hand, the technology creates a space, which preserves status quo, discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ that has previously been evident in offline space...

Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan
Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan 28 October 2015 Asad Baig and Sadaf Khan for Bytes for All, Pakistan

Freedom of expression is a universally accepted human right. As a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Pakistan has committed to uphold this right in the national constitution and through local laws. This report looks at how this right is framed in the legal structure in Pakistan and how it is practised, particularly in the digital spaces, by customisin...

Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia
Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia 28 October 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia)

This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia) has used a customised version of the APC-La Rue Framework to assess Malaysia’s record on arbitrary blocking or filtering of content, criminalising of legitimate expression, imposition of...

India: Limited Access Restricting Expression
India: Limited Access Restricting Expression 28 October 2015 Ritu Srivastava and Niki Shah for Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

India is a country of paradox. In the era of information revolution, while India stands ranked among the top five contributors of the people who are online, it is also one of the top countries where more than 80% of the people have no access to internet, while more than 70% of women in rural India do not have access to a mobile phone. Through this research, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)...

Latin America in a Glimpse: Human rights and the internet (2015)
Latin America in a Glimpse: Human rights and the internet (2015) 15 October 2015 Derechos Digitales, APC and Coding Rights

This report presents a summary of the most relevant events with respect to human rights and the internet in Latin America in 2015. As the international community gathers at the Internet Government Forum (IGF) 2015, it is our hope that this summary can help broaden participants’ knowledge about the region. APC member Derechos Digitales coordinated this initiative, and developed it in partnersh...

Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights
Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights 23 September 2015 Juan Carlos Lara, Derechos Digitales

This paper addresses the relationship between access to the internet as a key to facilitate and enjoy ESCRs, comparing discourses surrounding internet access, and the frameworks to allow internet access as a right within the larger context of access to different economic, social and cultural rights. The second section summarises the analysis of internet access as a right, concluding with a list...

Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop
Report on the Southern Africa Regional Infrastructure Sharing Workshop 23 September 2015 CRASA and APC

ICT policy makers and regulators from 14 Southern African countries comprising the Member States of the SADC region gathered in Johannesburg to discuss how infrastructure sharing strategies and policies can be used to improve broadband access in the region. Dveloping countries can save billions and speed universal broadband access by sharing telecom infrastructure (such as ducts, fibres and mas...

LGBTI people’s freedom of expression on the internet
LGBTI people’s freedom of expression on the internet 14 September 2015 Atty. Yasemin Öz

Turkey has come to the fore due to its conduct to ban world-famous websites, which undoubtedly targets not only websites with LGBTI content but freedom of expression in general. Restrictions on access to websites come in two ways: Blocking the content and bans on obtaining domain names. Contents A- Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Turkey.................. 5 B- LGBTI People’s Freedom o...

Briefings on technology-related violence against women for the 29th Human Rights Council session
Briefings on technology-related violence against women for the 29th Human Rights Council session 17 June 2015 APC WRP

APC has developed a brief and a background document on technology-related violence against women to support our advocacy efforts at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), with special attention to the work with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Working Group on discrimination against women in law, and the annual HRC resolution on VAW, which focuses on domestic v...

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