Closer than ever

APC understands that we are all dealing with unprecedented circumstances as we face the challenges, fear and uncertainty brought on by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know it impacts our work, our personal lives and the lives of those we care about. Each country is tackling the situation differently, so the contexts we find ourselves in are as diverse as the ways we find to navigate shifting conditions.

In these exceptional times, we wish to send our solidarity and appreciation for connecting with us. While we are distancing ourselves physically, we continue to stay closer than ever to each other and share tools and resources as well as support. We also want to examine how we can continue to promote human rights online in the context of a global pandemic. We are all facing this problem together but we know it affects different countries and communities in different ways. Therefore, we would like to channel the strength of our network to share some important resources that we hope will be empowering, enlightening and reassuring.

Below you will find articles and insights shared by our community, which has been working on human rights and technology issues for over 30 years. We will be updating these lists on a regular basis, so please feel free to connect with us if you have some resources to share.

 

 

Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 October 2020 Various

A geographically representative group of 527 civil society organisations has called for the resumption of the state monitoring procedure of the international human rights treaty bodies, which have been postponed since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya
The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya 29 September 2020 Victor Kapiyo for CIPESA

Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 12, 2020, and as of August 26, 2020, the country had recorded at least 559 deaths, 32,803 confirmed cases, and 19,055 recoveries, with 429,513 persons tested. Even before the first case was confirmed in Kenya in February 2020, the government had moved to establish the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 to coordinate its preparedness, prevention and response to Covid-19.

Community networks – a boon in times of pandemic and lockdown
Community networks – a boon in times of pandemic and lockdown 24 September 2020 Kriti Singh and Osama Manzar for Digital Empowerment Foundation

The need for connectivity and digital infrastructure has become as important as food, housing and clothing to be able to access information, healthcare, education and government schemes

Inside the Digital Society: Greening the digital society
Inside the Digital Society: Greening the digital society 21 September 2020 David Souter

It’s the end of this strange COVID Northern summer / Southern winter.  Time for this blog for APC to resume its weekly exploration ‘Inside the Digital Society’.

30th anniversary: Our member Patience Luyeye shares her vision for APC in the next 10 years
30th anniversary: Our member Patience Luyeye shares her vision for APC in the next 10 years 14 September 2020

Read the vision for the next 10 years of APC of our individual member Patience Luyeye from Zimbabwe, who envisions APC having stronger visibility on the African continent, and working on more projects on agriculture and technology, as well as gender-based violence.

Remote working: Care for your body
Remote working: Care for your body 01 September 2020 Vassilis Chryssos

This article takes you through the process of building a work routine to help you avoid paying a hefty physical price for spending hours on a computer. This routine combines active and passive ergonomic practices with a caring mentality to sensitise you about your bodily health while working.

DEF's COVID-19 relief initiatives as a digitally enabled humanitarian organisation
DEF's COVID-19 relief initiatives as a digitally enabled humanitarian organisation 31 August 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

The Digital Empowerment Foundation launched the Digital Emergency Relief Programme through its Community Information Resource Centres (CIRC) in 600+ locations in India, which have been rigorously responding to the crisis by reaching out to the most vulnerable communities.

FMA submits report to UN special rapporteur on violence against women
FMA submits report to UN special rapporteur on violence against women 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated concerns on public life. Among the conditions faced in the Philippines during this period is gender-based violence, influenced by the quality of gender-responsive measures in times of crises.

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?
African internet resilience: What about complementary access models? 31 August 2020 Marta Kopp

The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

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