In this joint letter to the co-facilitators of the Global Digital Compact process, namely Sweden and Rwanda's Permanent Representatives to the UN, APC and over 30 other civil society organisations urge them to ensure meaningful participation of civil society in the discussions.
APC believes that the Global Digital Compact could play a key role in ensuring that the lessons learned from years of multistakeholder cooperation feed into future processes of internet policy, internet governance and global digital cooperation.
APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce that while the Committee on NGOs is the gatekeeper to civil society access and is entrusted with monitoring the relationship between NGOs and the UN, the Committee’s practices violate its mandate.
This IGF is taking place when the effects of overlapping global crises such as the weakening of democracy, wars, and the worsening of the environmental situation and climate change are felt strongly but differently in different contexts. What does all this mean for internet governance?
Inclusive participation of civil society actors helps ensure that the Council is informed and responsive to human rights priorities and needs on the ground, engagement of organisations based outside Geneva, as well as under-resourced civil society actors.
The draft bill would have enabled surveillance abuse and privacy violations. The pressure that was brought to bear by various human and media rights organisations, and the international spotlight that it attracted, paid off and the bill was withdrawn and amended.
APC and other civil society organisations from around the world share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations.
Civil society organisations have an important role in making sure that cyber capacity building is informed by human rights, following one of the capacity-building guiding principles in the previous OEWG final report.
Women and girls as well as people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions are more often the targets of online violence, and are increasingly targeted by disinformation campaigns, which can have a more severe impact on these groups because of historical and structural inequalities.
APC has joined with over 30 other civil society organisations to send letters to member states of each of the five regional groups of UN member states, urging them to ensure competitive slates of candidates and further deepen the level of competition in the 2022 Human Rights Council elections.
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