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APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence
APC policy explainer: Artificial intelligence 20 October 2021 APC

AI technologies, are still in their infancy, so there is still enormous potential to channel AI to address global challenges – but also much concern regarding its effects on social justice and the enjoyment of human rights. 

Notes on the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council
Notes on the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council 12 October 2021 Paula Martins and Verónica Ferrari

The 48th Session of the Human Rights Council was held from 13 September to 8 October 2021. The HRC remains a key space for APC to raise concerns about threats and challenges to human rights online.

Joint NGO end of session statement for Human Rights Council 48
Joint NGO end of session statement for Human Rights Council 48 12 October 2021 Various

Following the end of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, 13 NGOs have issued a joint statement welcoming and expressing concern over key resolutions.

Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet
Joint letter: An open, interconnected and interoperable internet 14 September 2021 Various

Joint letter, signed by a coalition of civil society and industry stakeholders, raises concerns about the human rights risks of internet fragmentation and setting out principles for an open, interconnected and interoperable internet.

Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia
Joint statement by human rights and digital privacy rights organisations: Google should halt plans to establish cloud region in Saudi Arabia 26 May 2021 Various

The undersigned human rights and digital rights organisations urge Google to immediately halt its plan to establish a new Google Cloud region in Saudi Arabia until the company can publicly demonstrate how it will mitigate adverse human rights impacts.

Food delivery workers in India: Emerging entrepreneurs or informal labour?
Food delivery workers in India: Emerging entrepreneurs or informal labour? 09 April 2021

Delivery workers in India are generally paid per delivery. Food delivery platforms term the delivery worker “independent contractors’’ or “delivery partners’’. Delivery workers are not considered traditional “employees”. The report follows Anand Kumar, a delivery worker for Swiggy and Zomato. 

To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more
To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more 25 January 2021 APC, Access Now and ARTICLE 19

A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.

Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act
Joint submission on proposed amendments to the South African Domestic Violence Act 15 October 2020 Various

On 9 October 2020, Research ICT Africa (RIA), APC, ALT Advisory and the Feministing While African (FWA) network made a submission to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services of South Africa in response to proposed amendments to the Domestic Violence Act.

Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 October 2020 Various

A geographically representative group of 527 civil society organisations has called for the resumption of the state monitoring procedure of the international human rights treaty bodies, which have been postponed since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRC45: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council 08 October 2020 Various

Fourteen organisations share reflections on the outcomes of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues such as deadly migration routes at EU and US borders and the human rights situations in Algeria, Bolivia, China, Egypt and India.

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