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Community networks newsletter: Challenging the digital divide around the world
Community networks newsletter: Challenging the digital divide around the world 27 July 2023 APCNews

Welcome to the 60th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks and community-based initiatives. In this edition, we celebrate these networks’ multiple achievements, discuss the challenges they face, and moot the kind of support they need.

APC statement at the dedicated stakeholder session at the fifth substantive session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 2021-2025
APC statement at the dedicated stakeholder session at the fifth substantive session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 2021-2025 26 July 2023 APC

Delivered by Verónica Ferrari, APC Global Policy Advocacy Coordinator Mr. Chair, Distinguished delegates, APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this session and provide comments on the draft report. As expressed in a joint civil society input, we welcome the reference to engaging stakeholders in a “systemic, sustained and substantive manner”. Such an inclusive approach is key to address the challenges of international cybersecurity. Furthermore, we value the emphasis ...

Joint civil society input to the revised zero draft of the second annual progress report of the OEWG 2021-2025
Joint civil society input to the revised zero draft of the second annual progress report of the OEWG 2021-2025 24 July 2023 Various

The input to the progress report of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICT in the context of international security (OEWG) makes recommendations to ensure implementation of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace in a human-centric and rights-respecting manner.

APC at the OEWG II fifth substantive session
APC at the OEWG II fifth substantive session 24 July 2023 Verónica Ferrari

APC is currently participating in the fifth substantive session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICT in the context of international security (OEWG), where it will continue to emphasise the need for a human rights-based approach to the work of the group.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital governance - Where next? Some thoughts and principles
Inside the Digital Society: Digital governance - Where next? Some thoughts and principles 21 July 2023 David Souter

Following a series of proposals from the United Nations, our columnist considers the future of internet governance, its changing context and principles for how to think about it all. 

Voices from Making a Feminist Internet 2022: Movement building in a digital age
Voices from Making a Feminist Internet 2022: Movement building in a digital age 17 July 2023 GenderIT.org

MFIs are face-to-face and online gatherings where activists working on different intersecting issues come together to strategise and activate how we make this feminist internet. In this two-part podcast series, activists at the MFI2022 convening share their experiences and thoughts.

The siren song of subservience: Perpetuation of gender stereotypes in AI through pop culture
The siren song of subservience: Perpetuation of gender stereotypes in AI through pop culture 07 July 2023 Beatrix Kondo for GenderIT.org

Technology is constantly evolving, with new advances in areas like artificial intelligence which, on one hand, claims to help humans in making tasks easy, but on the other, reinforces harmful societal stereotypes. This piece explores the portrayal of gender through AI in pop culture and chatbots.

APC policy explainer: What is a gender-sensitive approach to cyber capacity building?
APC policy explainer: What is a gender-sensitive approach to cyber capacity building? 30 June 2023 APC

A gender-sensitive approach to cyber capacity building understands and considers the gendered impacts and implications of cyber threats, and calls for specific steps to address the needs, priorities and capacities of women and people of diverse sexualities, gender expressions and identities.

APC policy explainer: What is a gender approach to cybersecurity?
APC policy explainer: What is a gender approach to cybersecurity? 30 June 2023 APC

A gender approach to cybersecurity is a perspective that seeks to rethink individual and collective responsibilities for the cybersecurity of individuals and groups, making cybersecurity responsive to the complex, differentiated and intersectional needs of people based on a wide range of factors.

When protection becomes threat: Cybercrime regulation as a tool for silencing women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world
When protection becomes threat: Cybercrime regulation as a tool for silencing women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world 30 June 2023 Derechos Digitales

Derechos Digitales has mapped cases involving the abusive use of cybercrime regulation to silence and criminalise women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world, and the results warn of the inherent danger of imposing international standards in this matter without building in human rights safeguards.

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