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Online launch: Community radio enabling women's empowerment in remote communities of India
Online launch: Community radio enabling women's empowerment in remote communities of India 26 January 2022 APCNews

How have women found self-expression through community radio? On 1 February at 10:00 UTC, IIT Bombay will present and discuss a new research report focusing on diverse experiences in India. 

Harmony Laws in Southeast Asia: Majority Dominance, Minority Repression
Harmony Laws in Southeast Asia: Majority Dominance, Minority Repression 26 January 2022 Asia Centre

Governments in Southeast Asia largely rely on laws to quell communal tensions and manage the diverse communities within their countries, but this has resulted in the dominance of ethno-religious majorities. This report examines the implications in Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Singapore.

Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India
Release of the Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in India 21 January 2022 Various

In 2020, Facebook (now Meta) commissioned the law firm Foley Hoag to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) to evaluate its role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence on its services in India. A year and a half later, the HRIA has not yet been released.

SPACE: The mentorship programme that seeks to address gendered experiences in access-related policy and regulation building
SPACE: The mentorship programme that seeks to address gendered experiences in access-related policy and regulation building 10 January 2022 APCNews

Whose voices are heard in policy and regulatory spaces? What are our gendered experiences in these spaces? How can we build more inclusive, diverse and community-oriented access policies? 

GenderIT: New edition features infrastructures of resistance and community networks hacking the global crisis
GenderIT: New edition features infrastructures of resistance and community networks hacking the global crisis 15 December 2021 GenderIT

In this second year of living in times of inequality exacerbated by the global health crisis, this special edition of GenderIT.org explores how intersectional approaches in community networks have been transforming these realities by embodying infrastructures of resistance and bringing hope to their communities.

Online caste-hate speech: Pervasive discrimination and humiliation on social media
Online caste-hate speech: Pervasive discrimination and humiliation on social media 15 December 2021 Damni Kain, Shivangi Narayan, Torsha Sarkar and Gurshabad Grover

This report presents insights into online caste-hate speech, combining qualitative accounts of the targets of such expression on social media platforms with an analysis of these platforms’ speech norms.

Call for applications to be a part of capacity building for digital rights defenders in Southeast Asia
Call for applications to be a part of capacity building for digital rights defenders in Southeast Asia 09 December 2021

APC invites applications from individuals and organisations based in Southeast Asia to participate in a 24-month programme that seeks to strengthen the digital rights movement and digital rights defenders in the region. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2022.

Routing for Communities: An online film festival about community networks and people decentralising the internet for change
Routing for Communities: An online film festival about community networks and people decentralising the internet for change 26 November 2021 APCNews

The Local Networks (LocNet) initiative, led by APC in partnership with Rhizomatica, invites you to take part in the premiere screening of these creative and inspiring short videos produced by communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Internet Rules workshop 2021: Building the capacities of Southeast Asian digital rights defenders towards advocating for rights-compliant digital laws
Internet Rules workshop 2021: Building the capacities of Southeast Asian digital rights defenders towards advocating for rights-compliant digital laws 25 November 2021 APCNews

APC, in partnership with the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network, conducted the Internet Rules: Unboxing digital laws in Southeast Asia workshop. 

Of social discipline and control: The impact of fake news and disinformation on minorities in Indonesia
Of social discipline and control: The impact of fake news and disinformation on minorities in Indonesia 11 November 2021 Ric Neo, Jason DC Yin, Albert Au

This study sets out to analyse the qualitative impact of fake news on racial, ethnic and sexual minority communities in Indonesia. Indonesia presents an interesting case, given how the impact of disinformation in the country has been particularly pronounced.

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