COVID-19

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.

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.

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.

APC and Derechos Digitales submission to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues  (CWG-Internet)
APC and Derechos Digitales submission to the ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) 24 August 2021 APC and Derechos Digitales

APC and Derechos Digitales welcome the opportunity to contribute to the open consultation on “The role of the Internet and international Internet-related public policy in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and possible future pandemics” organised by the ITU's CWG-Internet.

Joint non-governmental stakeholders statement: Ensuring an IGF 2021 hybrid format that strengthens inclusiveness and balanced participation around the globe
Joint non-governmental stakeholders statement: Ensuring an IGF 2021 hybrid format that strengthens inclusiveness and balanced participation around the globe 10 August 2021 Various

Civil society organisations encourage IGF organisers to continue to privilege the remote modality of meeting until the pandemic is under control in all parts of the world, and clear and inclusive rules and practices are adopted concerning vaccination and travel restrictions.

EXPOSÉ: Data rights in the time of COVID-19
EXPOSÉ: Data rights in the time of COVID-19 23 July 2021 APCNews

EXPOSÉ is a new online publication from the Foundation for Media Alternatives that shines a light on the themes of privacy and data protection in the Philippine context. Its first issue focuses on privacy and data protection concerns surfaced or highlighted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Gendered impact of COVID-19 on women in Kibera
Gendered impact of COVID-19 on women in Kibera 23 June 2021 KICTANet

Women living in informal settlements deal with everyday economic, political and social burdens that they need to overcome in order to create cohesion in their families and communities. Moreover, women are critical contributors to the survival of their households.

Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis
Joint civil society statement: People’s health and rights – and not intellectual property and profit – should be at the centre of responses to the COVID-19 crisis 16 June 2021 Various

As international, regional and national civil society organisations working at the intersection of technology and human rights, we call on the world's governments to lift the intellectual property barriers that hinder universal access to health care and free COVID-19 vaccination for all.

The digital divide in India: How access to technology and reliable information affects India’s response to the pandemic
The digital divide in India: How access to technology and reliable information affects India’s response to the pandemic 09 June 2021 APCNews

With more than 349,000 deaths and more than 2.5 million active cases, people in India are struggling in the midst of an unrelenting surge of COVID-19 infections. How can we leverage technology to ensure access to reliable information in the midst of fake news and misinformation?

India: Instagram’s censorship of COVID-19 posts jeopardises free speech
India: Instagram’s censorship of COVID-19 posts jeopardises free speech 17 May 2021 Various

For the past few months, India has been at the centre of a devastating breakdown of public health institutions and is currently experiencing a severe public health crisis due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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