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.

 

 

Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice?
Inside the Digital Society: What impact has COVID had in practice? 20 July 2022 David Souter

Two years ago, the assumption was that the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns would have lasting impacts on digitalisation – that they would accelerate the process by which offline turned to online, increase its pace and shift the way we do things towards digital alternatives. But has this happened as much as was expected?

Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right
Seeding change: Bytesforall Bangladesh advocates for online education as a fundamental right 29 April 2022 APCNews

Recognising the need for a rapid and effective response to the pressing issue of access to online education, Bytesforall Bangladesh saw an opportunity to advocate for equitable access to the internet as a public good, affirming access to education as a fundamental human right.

Joint stakeholder contribution to the 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review: Brazil
Joint stakeholder contribution to the 41st session of the Universal Periodic Review: Brazil 27 April 2022 APC, ARTIGO 19 Brasil e América do Sul, Derechos Digitales and Intervozes

This joint submission to the 41st session of the UN Universal Period Review focuses on Brazil's fulfilment of human rights obligations in the digital context.

Omicron travel bans on Africa: “The history of racism, inequalities and discrimination is interwoven with the science”
Omicron travel bans on Africa: “The history of racism, inequalities and discrimination is interwoven with the science” 17 December 2021 APCNews

APC members in Africa respond to the discriminatory travel bans due to Omicron and how we must fight vaccine inequities, disinformation and colonial mindsets.

APC guidelines on planning and designing online events: A collection of practices and learnings
APC guidelines on planning and designing online events: A collection of practices and learnings 30 November 2021 APC

What do you need to consider when designing an online event? What are the core principles for safer and more accessible events? APC has collected its learnings from over 30 years of online work in this new guide, which covers everything from initial planning to going live to winding down. 

EXTENDED DEADLINE! GISWatch 2021-2022 call for proposals - COVID-19: Changes to digital rights priorities and strategies
EXTENDED DEADLINE! GISWatch 2021-2022 call for proposals - COVID-19: Changes to digital rights priorities and strategies 24 November 2021

The 2021-2022 edition of GISWatch asks how the COVID-19 pandemic changed or shaped the ways in which civil society organisations do their advocacy work around digital technology-related issues, including digital rights, and how digital rights advocacy priorities have shifted.

AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet?
AfriSIG 2021: Does Africa really need the internet? 02 November 2021 Anne Wangari Njathi and Tsema Yvonne Ede

When discussions around access to the internet are raised, our thoughts turn to whether we have sufficiently solved the issues of poverty, health, education and energy to decide that internet access is a needed right in Africa. But COVID-19 has changed our view of the need for connectivity.

Harnessing the collective power of communities in 2020
Harnessing the collective power of communities in 2020 22 October 2021 APCNews

We want the collective power of communities within and beyond the APC network to be harnessed through existing and new relationships built around transformative actions and our shared visions. Check out our achievements in this area in 2020.

Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements
Seeding change: Jinbonet on South Korea’s epidemic prevention and ways to minimise privacy infringements 08 September 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? With South Korea actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jinbonet has worked on analysing the country’s epidemic prevention policies and systems, and their effects on human rights and privacy.

Seeding change: VOICE takes a grassroots approach to battle misinformation around COVID-19
Seeding change: VOICE takes a grassroots approach to battle misinformation around COVID-19 02 September 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives with the support of APC subgranting? With the global health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities, VOICE works on the ground to deliver critical communications and local support.

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