Research

Online mapping to end sexual, domestic violence: Report on research in the Republic of Congo
Online mapping to end sexual, domestic violence: Report on research in the Republic of Congo 13 November 2014 Sylvie Niombo

In the Republic of Congo, there was no previous experience in using online mapping to advance the rights of women and children. However, in the area of combating violence against women and girls, an analysis of the response to sexual violence was carried out by UNICEF in 2008 in the aftermath of the armed conflict in the Congo. In addition, the Congolese Association to Combat Violence Against Women and Girls (ACOLVF) conducted data gathering and research in different regions. During the armed...

Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age
Global Information Society Watch 2014: Communications surveillance in the digital age 18 September 2014 Various

This Global Information Society Watch tracks the state of communications surveillance in 59 countries across the world – countries as diverse as Hungary, India, Argentina, The Gambia, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. Each country report approaches the issue from a different perspective.    

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 ...

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” flagship project of the Association for Progressive Communications. The review will present different perspectives on the interrelatedness and interconnectedness between ICT and VAW. It will cover the existing laws, prevai...

End violence research: Case summaries from country reports
End violence research: Case summaries from country reports 26 August 2014 APC

The following case summaries are excerpted from “End violence against women: Country reports”, which involve seven countries and are part of research commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) beginning in 2013.

End violence: Internet intermediaries and violence against women online
End violence: Internet intermediaries and violence against women online 26 August 2014 Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project

A recent report, “Internet intermediaries and violence against women online” released by the Association for Progressive Communications for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, analyses the policies and redress framework of the three major internet intermediaries: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in regard to violence against women online. These case stu...

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

GISWatch 2013 shows that gains in women’s rights made online are not always certain or stable. It is a call to action, to the increased participation of women in all forms of technological governance and development, and to a reaffirmation and strengthening of their rights online.    

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

Internet intermediary liability can have a significant deterrent effect on intermediaries’ willingness and ability to provide services, and therefore may end up hindering the development of the internet itself. For this reason, legislators around the globe have defined special “comfort zones” for the operation of intermediaries, also known as “safe harbours”, limiting the liabilit...