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.

 

 

Coconet presents Digital Hygiene 101: How to practice digital safety and security
Coconet presents Digital Hygiene 101: How to practice digital safety and security 28 April 2020 Darika Bamrungchok for Coconet

The COVID-19 pandemic is no longer just a global health crisis but one with widespread implications across all sectors of society. We always hear daily reminders on how to practice proper physical hygiene. But beyond your personal hygiene, have you thought about your “digital hygiene”?

WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation
WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation 28 April 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge for WOUGNET

The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) warns of the proliferation of COVID-19-related fake news on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as other ways in which misinformation is spread in rural areas.

Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan
Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan 27 April 2020 Kyaw Lynn for Coconet

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

#KeepItOn: Open letter to the government of India on lifting internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic
#KeepItOn: Open letter to the government of India on lifting internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic 27 April 2020 Various

APC joined the #KeepItOn coalition and 41 international rights groups from around the world in an open letter urgently calling on the government of India to restore access to 4G high-speed internet access as a first step towards the containment of the COVID-19 virus and related health needs.

Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G?
Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G? 27 April 2020 David Souter

In terms of the expansion of 5G technology, there are big public policy implications , which are about national resources as well as digital investment. 

APC's Women's Rights Programme: An open letter to friends and partners
APC's Women's Rights Programme: An open letter to friends and partners 23 April 2020 APC Women's Rights Programme

The world is suddenly and radically changed, but it is not the radical change we had hoped for. Here we share what we believe is important for us to continue working towards a feminist internet as a part of our collective and hopeful futures.

Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research
Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research 22 April 2020 Various

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.

Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships
Joint civil society open letter to the UN on public-private partnerships 21 April 2020 Various

The open letter, signed by APC and other civil society organisations, emphasises the fundamental importance of ensuring transparency and adequately assessing the human rights impact of any public-private partnerships that the UN may enter into, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation
Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation 21 April 2020 Carmen Ferri

While social media sites tend to respond slowly or not at all to misinformation on their platforms, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken steps to address and stop the spread of misinformation, as well as to steer users towards reliable sources of information and support.

VOICE: The whole-of-society approach to the COVID-19 pandemic
VOICE: The whole-of-society approach to the COVID-19 pandemic 20 April 2020 VOICE

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE), an APC member organisation in Bangladesh, argues that an inclusive approach featuring all sectors of society is required to beat COVID-19. 

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