APC publications 2016

Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2016: Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet 14 December 2016 Various

The 46 country reports gathered here illustrate the link between the internet and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs). Some of the topics will be familiar to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) activists: the right to health, education and culture; the socioeconomic empowerment of women using the internet; the inclusion of rural and indigenous communities in the information society; and the use of ICT to combat the marginalisation of local languages. Oth...

Big data and sexual surveillance
Big data and sexual surveillance 09 December 2016 Nicole Shephard

Surveillance has historically functioned as an oppressive tool to control women’s bodies and is closely related to colonial modes of managing populations. Big data, metadata and the technologies used to collect, store and analyse them are by no means neutral, but come with their own exclusions and biases. This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines the overlapping nature of state, commercial and peer surveillance; and maps the challenges and opportu...

ARROW for Change: Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Internet
ARROW for Change: Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Internet 07 December 2016 The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women in collaboration with Tactical Technology Collective

What are the relationships and interdependencies influencing the promises of being online: voice, visibility, and power? This ARROW for Change (AFC) issue on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the internet documents some of these dynamics. Information technologies are now part of the chemistry of activism. The struggle for digital sovereignty and freedoms online are not necess...

Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document
Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document 06 December 2016 Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

Although in a number of countries the gender dimension of the digital divide has been bridged, this is not so in Nigeria, where there is huge differential between men and women in terms of access to and use of the internet. Within the country, it is worse in the states in the northern parts of the country. This is due to a number of factors including culture, religion, education and attitudes. ...

The internet domain name system and the right to culture
The internet domain name system and the right to culture 05 December 2016 Paula Jaramillo Gajardo and Juan Carlos Lara Gálvez, Derechos Digitales

The internet is often seen as a haven for the exercise of fundamental human rights. This includes economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs), also known as second-generation human rights. The right to culture is recognised in different human rights instruments, and includes the right to participate in cultural life, respect for the cultural heritage of communities including their language, an...

Economic, social and cultural rights in India: Opportunities for advocacy in intellectual property rights
Economic, social and cultural rights in India: Opportunities for advocacy in intellectual property rights 05 December 2016 Sunil Abraham and Vidushi Marda

The rights established in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are socioeconomic rights and are easily mapped onto rights to education, work, science and culture. These rights, however, are not as easily mapped onto intellectual property rights. This three-part case study contemplates the ICESCR through aspects of intellectual property in India, namely, mo...

APC's priorities for the 11th Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, 2016
APC's priorities for the 11th Internet Governance Forum, Guadalajara, 2016 02 December 2016 APC

1. Preamble The 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico on 5-9 December 2016 with the overall theme of “Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”. This will be the first IGF after the Forum’s mandate was renewed for another 10 years. This document provides a roundup of key internet-related policy developments since the 2015 IGF; the Association for...

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only...

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