2019 started with five African countries facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA).
The #KeepItOn Coalition, made up by more than 180 organisations from over 68 countries, including APC, calls on the Nigerian authorities to keep the internet open during the upcoming elections in the country.
During the 2017 general elections, the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) observed the use of ICTs before, during and after election day, focusing on digital rights such as privacy rights during the electronic voter registration process and the use of online spaces during the election period.
Media Matters for Democracy, our member in Pakistan, has published a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation and ensure implementation of the Code of Conduct for political parties in online spaces.
In the context of the Internet Governance Forum 2017 and growing international debates about the so called “fake news”, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about possible paths that the framing of the issue is taking.
This research paper highlights the trends in religion-based hate speech in relation with the right to free speech in the online space in India.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about politics and social media. Some have seen Facebook, Twitter and the like as champions of empowerment; others, more recently, as vehicles for hate. I’d suggest they’re both and more.