human rights

Human Rights in the Age of Platforms: "The call for alternatives is growing"
Human Rights in the Age of Platforms: "The call for alternatives is growing" 21 January 2020 APCNews

The publication “Human Rights in the Age of Platforms”, published by the MIT Press in November 2019, examines the human rights implications of today's platform society. “Today such companies as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter play an increasingly important role in how users form and express opinions, encounter information, debate, disagree, mobilize, and maintain their privacy. What are the human rights implications of an online domain managed by privately owned platform...

GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront
GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront 19 December 2019 APCNews

The annual Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report has come to be an important publication for APC, as each year the theme reflects a topic or issue of great relevance for the network. This year’s theme of “Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development” was extremely timely, as evidenced by the high number of panels and sessions that took place at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin that centred around the topic of AI. “There is a huge ...

Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one
Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one 28 November 2019 Deborah Brown and Anriette Esterhuysen

In his first address at the high level opening of the UN General Assembly in 2017, Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted escalating cybersecurity threats as a leading threat to international security. In addition to the threat of cyberwar, cyberattacks have resulted in the closure of hospitals, have taken electrical grids offline, brought major cities to a standstill, and even affecte...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised ...

Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation
Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation 01 October 2019 Namita

Content moderation online is currently done by most social media companies through a mix of automation (or what is sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence or AI) and human moderators. Automation deals effectively with certain kinds of content such as sexually explicit images, child pornography, terrorism-related content – but it is not a foolproof system. Here human intervention and ...

Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council
Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council 30 September 2019 Various

The Council reaffirmed that reprisals can never be justified. Council members rejected attempts to weaken the text including deleting the references to the roles of the Assistant Secretary-General and the Human Rights Council Presidents. The resolution listed key trends such as the patterns of reprisals, increasing self-censorship, the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism st...

APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir
APC statement against communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir 14 August 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications condemns the prolonged and intentional disruption of communications services in Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India. It is particularly critical that stable communications infrastructure and services are maintained during times of conflict and key democratic moments such as when significant changes are made to the status of a region and th...

End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council
End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council 12 July 2019 Various

Speaker: Salma El Hosseiny By renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), the Council has sent a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities cannot be tolerated. It reaffirmed that specific, sustained and systematic attention is needed to address these human rights violati...

Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan
Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan 12 July 2019

Dear MTN Sudan CEO Melik Melamu & MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter: We write to urgently request that you publicly denounce the internet shutdowns in Sudan, and pledge your support to maintain unfettered internet access in the country, especially in moments of conflict or unrest. In line with your past commitments to respect digital rights in the places where you operate, it is crucial that you exe...

New video toolkit helps achieve greater impact, especially in the global South
New video toolkit helps achieve greater impact, especially in the global South 17 May 2019 APCNews

In a scenario that is increasingly visual, video has become a powerful tool to challenge social and environmental injustice. But making change is not as simple as making a video. This is how APC member EngageMedia presents its newly launched Video for Change Impact Toolkit, an online resource that can help activists harness the power of video to advocate for issues as pressing as extrajudicial ...

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