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Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela
Seeding change: EsLaRed helps defend access to information and freedom of expression in Venezuela 29 October 2021 APCNews

Concerned about how digital technologies bring new challenges to fighting censorship, APC member EsLaRed has been defending access to information and freedom of expression in restrictive environments, with a recent study focusing on communication blockades in Venezuela.

APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence
APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence 20 October 2021 APC

AI technologies, are still in their infancy, so there is still enormous potential to channel AI to address global challenges – but also much concern regarding its effects on social justice and the enjoyment of human rights. 

Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products
Open letter calling on Apple to abandon its plans to build surveillance capabilities into its products 19 August 2021 Various

APC joined with an international coalition of over 90 civil society organisations in an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to abandon its recently announced plans to build surveillance capabilities into iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. 

#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber-libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped
#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber-libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped 12 August 2021 Various

APC and the more than 80 other organisations that comprise the Coalition welcome the dismissal of a cyber-libel charge against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines – the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months.

End the wave of digital censorship in India
End the wave of digital censorship in India 11 June 2021 Various

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights
The Attacks on Palestinian Digital Rights 01 June 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

From 6 to 18 May 2021, 7amleh worked to document and respond to the digital rights violations occurring during the 2021 Israeli attacks on Gaza, on Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel, and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights
7amleh issues new report documenting recent attacks on Palestinian digital rights 01 June 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The report shows increases in attacks on Palestinian digital rights and details the violations on various social media and technology platforms, including the spread of hate speech and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs in the Hebrew language.

Hashtag Palestine 2020
Hashtag Palestine 2020 10 May 2021 E.M., Alison Carmel, Rahaf Salahat and Sarah Abu Alrob

#Hashtag Palestine 2020 is 7amleh’s sixth annual review of key digital rights issues facing Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, drawing on events that took place from January through December 2020.

#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic
#Hashtag Palestine 2020: An overview of digital rights abuses of Palestinians during the coronavirus pandemic 10 May 2021 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

7amleh launched its annual report on Palestinian digital rights, entitled “#Hashtag Palestine 2020”. The report details violations that took place in 2020, and specifically during the coronavirus pandemic, by authorities, technology companies and the Palestinian society itself.

South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access
South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access 30 April 2021 Erin Hassard for GenderIT.org

When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.

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