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Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns
Despots and disruptions: The greater the tendency to authoritarianism, the higher the chances of internet shutdowns 25 March 2019 APCNews

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).

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria 18 February 2019 Various

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.

APC members in 2017: KICTANet elections observation mission
APC members in 2017: KICTANet elections observation mission 01 October 2018 KICTANet

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.

Zimbabwe: 2018 General elections website blocked
Zimbabwe: 2018 General elections website blocked 14 August 2018 Koliwe Majama

This is probably the first time that OONI Probe captures evidence of internet censorship in Zimbabwe.

Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation
Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation 05 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

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.

Open letter from Latin American and Caribbean civil society representatives on the concerns about the discourse around fake news and elections
Open letter from Latin American and Caribbean civil society representatives on the concerns about the discourse around fake news and elections 17 January 2018

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.

Trends in religion-based hate speech
Trends in religion-based hate speech 26 September 2017 Bijo P. Abraham

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.

Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media
Inside the Information Society: Of politics and social media 26 June 2017 David Souter

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.

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