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.

 

 

CIPESA: Why access to information on COVID-19 is crucial to persons with disabilities in Africa
CIPESA: Why access to information on COVID-19 is crucial to persons with disabilities in Africa 14 April 2020 Paul Kimumwe for CIPESA

While COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, there is growing concern that critical messages about the disease that are disseminated by health authorities, telecom companies, and broadcasters are not reaching persons with visual and hearing impairments.

KICTANet submission on technology-related solutions to COVID-19
KICTANet submission on technology-related solutions to COVID-19 13 April 2020 Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)

Following consultation with its stakeholders, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) prepared this submission to the Kenyan Senate COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, with a series of recommendations related to ICT solutions to confront the pandemic.

Inside the Digital Society: Another way to look at access and equality?
Inside the Digital Society: Another way to look at access and equality? 13 April 2020 David Souter

My last four blogs discussed the impact of the current virus crisis on the digital society. I’m moving for the next few weeks to other subjects, but it’s worth noting that the crisis will have an impact on every aspect of the digital society.

Zenzeleni and Tunapanda community networks respond to COVID-19 in Africa
Zenzeleni and Tunapanda community networks respond to COVID-19 in Africa 08 April 2020 APCNews

In a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that people are able to obtain information that will help them stay safe and aware of an evolving situation, and initiatives like these are crucial for reducing the traditional barriers to information that prevent global access.

A day in EngageMedia remote work: How to not be socially distant online
A day in EngageMedia remote work: How to not be socially distant online 07 April 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

EngageMedia, an organisation with significant experience in working remotely, has some tips and tools for those now working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women radically transforming a world in crisis: A virtual dialogue
Women radically transforming a world in crisis: A virtual dialogue 06 April 2020 APCNews

A virtual dialogue on collective safety, co-convened by Just Associates (JASS), IM-Defensoras and APC, coincided with the launch of a new JASS tookit featuring resources for women human rights defenders. 

NGO and expert statement to the OECD Secretary General on COVID-19, privacy and fundamental rights
NGO and expert statement to the OECD Secretary General on COVID-19, privacy and fundamental rights 06 April 2020 Various

Many nations are considering proposals to use digital technologies to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint statement calls on the OECD to ensure the protection of privacy and other fundamental human rights in the use of these technologies.

Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand
Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand 06 April 2020 Darika Bamrungchok for Coconet

Technology has become a crucial part of the COVID-19 response, and this has raised some serious questions: Can privacy and public health security go hand in hand? Is it enough to use safeguards such as transparency and the use of intrusive technology only when absolutely necessary?

Inside the Digital Society: Resetting digital governance
Inside the Digital Society: Resetting digital governance 06 April 2020 David Souter

This is my fourth blog on the impact which the corona virus is having on the digital society. This time I’ll comment on internet/digital governance. Is this the time for re-set?

Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19
Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19 02 April 2020 Various

Many countries today are turning to digital technologies to provide information as well as for monitoring and controlling people infected with the virus, which alerts us to the potential impact of these technologies on people’s fundamental rights.

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