digital rights

Good-mannered women never make any history, even online
Good-mannered women never make any history, even online 10 January 2020 Francis Monyango

They say good-mannered women never make any history. And I agree. The definition of “good” has from time immemorial been skewed against women. Their dignity has always been latched on them being good and conforming to society’s standards of good women. To give the term “bad-mannered” woman context, the late Wangari Maathai comes to mind. As per society’s standards, she was not a good woman. She protested and disobeyed the then president, Daniel Arap Moi, who wanted to build a part...

Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders
Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders 17 December 2019 Various

The undersigning civil society organisations express our concern over the global trend of persecuting digital rights defenders – including security researchers and trainers who act to protect and promote human rights. We demand the strong protection of their work and their recognition as human rights defenders. Either through laws that criminalise their activity or through judicial persecution meant to silence and punish them, their work and lives are being jeopardised. This trend has a det...

Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality
Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality 06 December 2019 Ani Phoebe Hao for GenderIT.org

I’m reminded of that then-radical phrase, “Women’s rights are human rights.” When women stood up in Beijing more than 20 years ago, they were daring to speak out about a multiplicity of identities that had until then been all but ignored in human rights language, laws and implementation. Today, feminist movements and organisations have gone far beyond “Women’s rights are human right...

Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019
Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 29 October 2019 APC, Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP), LaLibre.net Tecnologías Comunitarias, Taller de Comunicación Mujer

In the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as part of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), temporary shutdowns and disruptions of certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections throughout the days of protests were detected and reported. Th...

Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights?
Can the Universal Periodic Review hold governments accountable on digital rights? 28 August 2019 Flavia Fascendini

This article was first published on OpenGlobalRights as part of an ongoing editorial partnership with the APC. Since the signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, people and governments have become used to discussing human rights and their country’s records on them, while the concept of human rights online is still quite new.  The Human Rights Council...

Coconet II: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia
Coconet II: Strengthening the digital rights community and movement in Southeast Asia 02 August 2019

Coconet (short for Connecting Communities and Networks) is a platform for digital rights movement building in Southeast Asia. From 20-26 October 2019, up to 120 filmmakers, researchers, journalists, human rights advocates and technologists from across Asia will gather in the Philippines for Coconet II, a digital rights camp. Organised by EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communicatio...

Bread&Net 2019: Advancing human rights in digitally networked spaces in the Middle East and North Africa
Bread&Net 2019: Advancing human rights in digitally networked spaces in the Middle East and North Africa 22 July 2019

Bread&Net is a three-day “unconference” organised by APC network member Social Media Exchange (SMEX), where activists, technologists, lawyers, artists, trainers, journalists, researchers, entrepreneurs and others from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will come together in Beirut, Lebanon from 15 to 17 November to strengthen collective efforts to advance human rights...

APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance
APC and 7amleh statement at Human Rights Council echoes alarm over unlawful surveillance 26 June 2019 APC and 7amleh

Oral statement delivered during the clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Human Rights Council 41st session 25 June 2019 Speaker: Alison Carmel Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and 7amleh - the Arab Center for the Adv...

Interview with Gbenga Sesan: “What is important in the digital rights campaign in Nigeria and beyond is ensuring that the connection between rights and people’s day-to-day experiences is made”
Interview with Gbenga Sesan: “What is important in the digital rights campaign in Nigeria and beyond is ensuring that the connection between rights and people’s day-to-day experiences is made” 11 June 2019 Koliwe Majama

On the sidelines of the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) held 16-17 May, African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) organiser Koliwe Majama caught up with Gbenga Sesan, director of Nigeria-based Paradigm Initiative. Gbenga is an AfriSIG alumnus, having attended the inaugural school in 2013. In this interview, Gbenga talks about policy making and leadership in Africa. Working together with ot...

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, parti...

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