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.

 

 

Hello? How can I help you today?: Mental health concerns for LGBTIQA+ people during COVID-19
Hello? How can I help you today?: Mental health concerns for LGBTIQA+ people during COVID-19 27 August 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT.org

LGBTIQA+ people are often already isolated and invisibilised in their families, sometimes also facing abuse. In this article, mental health professionals speak about the vulnerability of these groups and people during the lockdown and how fragile links of community and support are being built.

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic
Israeli impact on Palestinian digital rights during the coronavirus pandemic 20 August 2020 Dr Nijmeh Ali

This position paper published by 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media details the increase in Israeli digital rights violations with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon
Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon 19 August 2020 Sarah Farooqui, Digital Empowerment Foundation

Participants from a range of countries and regions took part in a panel at RightsCon 2020 to bring perspectives from around the world to the topic of empowering the people through media and information literacy.

Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19
Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19 18 August 2020 Kathleen Foley for GenderIT.org

How does working online change and challenge gender dynamics in the workplace? Here we learn more through the experience of a barrister about how some of the changes brought about by COVID-19 could potentially be liberating and eventually change the workplace to make it better for women.

Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020
Open Culture Foundation at RightsCon 2020 18 August 2020 Open Culture Foundation

APC member organisation the Open Culture Foundation (OCF), based in Taiwan, reflects upon their experience at RightsCon 2020, which this year took place online.

Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur
Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur 13 August 2020 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

More than 45,000 people have registered to return to their home state Manipur, and many are women nurses who faced discrimination and harassment while they were doing their jobs in mainland India. Returnees now face a precarious future regarding where they live, their jobs and their future.

#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons
#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons 12 August 2020

Family members and lawyers have a right to communicate with their loved ones and clients at all times, but particularly during a pandemic. The public also has a right to information on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 inside prisons. These are the reasons behind the #IWantALetter campaign.

My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19
My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19 12 August 2020 Christina Elia for GenderIT.org

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

Webcomic: The internet's footprint
Webcomic: The internet's footprint 06 August 2020 Nadège for GenderIT.org

We often hear that the internet is a cloud. But the internet has a big footprint. With this first release we start a reflective webcomic series around internet's infrastructure from a feminist technopolitical perspective.

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