digital rights

GISWatch launch at the 2022 IGF: The pandemic has reactivated a sense of rebellion and contestation
GISWatch launch at the 2022 IGF: The pandemic has reactivated a sense of rebellion and contestation 15 November 2022 Maja Romano

Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will celebrate 15 years of APC's ground-breaking publication by launching its latest edition at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) on 29 November. The new edition explores "digital futures for a post-pandemic world".

Affordable connectivity and privacy violations plague Zimbabwe
Affordable connectivity and privacy violations plague Zimbabwe 08 November 2022 Otto Saki and Nompilo Simanje

There are several factors, some legal, some political and some economic, that continue to impact the exercise of rights online in Zimbabwe, particularly free expression, the right to privacy and access to information.

Lungu law looms dangerously over Zambian digital rights
Lungu law looms dangerously over Zambian digital rights 24 October 2022 Susan Mwape

In March 2021, shortly before the elections scheduled for August, then Zambian president Edgar Lungu quickly signed and enacted three internet-related laws, one of which has remained especially problematic into 2022: the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act.

New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia
New surveillance regulations lurk threateningly in Namibia 26 September 2022 Frederico Links

Namibia has become the latest African country to introduce mandatory SIM card registration and data retention regulations that will have a far-reaching impact on online privacy and data protection in the country.

Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape
Arrests mar Malawi’s digital rights landscape 19 September 2022 Jimmy Kainja

Recent instances of the use of state surveillance apparatus for repressive purposes and prosecutions, compounded by a lack of data and online privacy protections and low internet penetration and usage, have heightened fears that the country is regressing in terms of safeguarding online rights.

APC & CIPESA session at FIFAfrica22 will focus on human rights and safety concerns in Ethiopia in the context of the 2022 global IGF
APC & CIPESA session at FIFAfrica22 will focus on human rights and safety concerns in Ethiopia in the context of the 2022 global IGF 12 September 2022 APCNews

This session will discuss human rights and media freedom in Ethiopia, invite questions about safety in the context of the recent conflict there and enable interaction between stakeholders, including the IGF Secretariat and Ethiopian IGF Committee.

Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill
Botswana civil society organisations rebuff criminal procedures bill 23 August 2022 Thapelo Ndlovu

The draft bill would have enabled surveillance abuse and privacy violations. The pressure that was brought to bear by various human and media rights organisations, and the international spotlight that it attracted, paid off and the bill was withdrawn and amended.

Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds
Eswatini passes cyber laws under dark clouds 23 August 2022 Ndimphiwe Shabangu

Since early 2021, the Kingdom of Eswatini has been gripped by waves of civil unrest, with reports of internet shutdowns implemented by the government in response to protests. It is in this climate of suspicion and unrest that cybercrime and data protection laws were gazetted in early 2022.

Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting
Data and online privacy under attack in Southern Africa: Showcasing the will and commitment of those fighting 18 August 2022 Frederico Links

African internet users remain resilient in the face of all manner of state-sponsored and private tech-enabled cyber threats and obstacles, and civil society actors continue to raise and amplify their voices even as spaces for free expression, online and offline, are squeezed tighter and tighter.

Shifting priorities for the planet: New research grounds digital rights in struggle for climate and environmental justice
Shifting priorities for the planet: New research grounds digital rights in struggle for climate and environmental justice 15 July 2022 shawna finnegan

A new research project explores how digital rights and climate and environmental justice intersect. It presents a landscape analysis and seven issue briefs, including four briefs from the APC network that point to collaboration between digital rights organisations and environmental justice actors, and areas of immediate impact and intervention for donors.

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