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NETmundial+10 highlights multistakeholderism around digital governance
NETmundial+10 highlights multistakeholderism around digital governance 14 March 2024 Maja Romano

The upcoming NETmundial+10 meeting will be an important space to ensure that civil society priorities and perspectives are strongly represented and build on APC’s historical engagement in key internet policy and governance processes.

APC statement at the OEWG Virtual Informal Dialogue with the Chair
APC statement at the OEWG Virtual Informal Dialogue with the Chair 28 February 2024 APC

APC believes that civil society has a key role to play in the implementation of cybersecurity norms through research grounded in local and national contexts, and increasing awareness and building capacity of stakeholders for norms compliance.

APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact
APC statement to the informal stakeholders consultation during preparations for the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact 14 February 2024 APC

In its contribution to this round of consultations, APC stressed the vital importance of ensuring the effective consideration of civil society voices in the Global Digital Compact negotiation phase.

Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime
Open letter to the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime 09 February 2024 Various

Organisations spanning civil society, industry and the technical community, including APC, urge governments to consider withholding support for the draft UN cybercrime treaty in its current incarnation. If adopted without major changes, this treaty's risks far outweigh its potential benefits.

Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms
Joint civil society letter calling to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms 06 February 2024 Various

Over 200 organisations including APC sent a joint letter to UN representatives calling on them to ensure live online modalities of participation for UN human rights bodies and mechanisms, in light of concerns regarding civil society access and participation in these spaces.

Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session
Joint statement on the proposed cybercrime treaty ahead of the concluding session 23 January 2024 Various

The statement's signatories, including APC, stress that the proposed UN Cybercrime Convention must be narrowly focused on tackling cybercrime, and not used as a tool to undermine human rights. Unless meaningful changes are made to address current shortcomings, the Convention should be rejected.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 78 Third Committee
Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA 78 Third Committee 21 November 2023 Various

APC and other civil society organisations marked the conclusion of the UN General Assembly's 78th Third Committee session with observations on both thematic and country-specific outcomes, and urged all states to implement the commitments made during this session to their full extent.

Civil society actors must understand emerging technologies: Reflecting on my participation in the Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders
Civil society actors must understand emerging technologies: Reflecting on my participation in the Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders 21 September 2023 Arsène Tungali

Arsène Tungali, executive director of the DRC-based APC member organisation Rudi International, shares his takeaways from this international learning and exchange experience made possible with support from APC's Member Engagement and Travel Fund.

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.

Civil society participation at the UN Human Rights mechanisms in Geneva
Civil society participation at the UN Human Rights mechanisms in Geneva 08 June 2023 Various

An inclusive approach to participation requires that the UN addresses the limited space for civil society engagement. The UN now has the chance to consolidate the modalities of participation that allow for a broader, more inclusive, effective and climate-friendly human rights system.

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