human rights

EngageMedia responding to COVID-19
EngageMedia responding to COVID-19 20 March 2020 Andrew Lowenthal from EngageMedia

We at EngageMedia have been busy ensuring the safety of our staff and affiliates in the countries we work in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Australia. This has included closing our offices and shifting to a fully remote setup, which fortunately has mostly been our default since we began in 2005. 

Ecuador: Surveillance measures to confront the pandemic pose a threat to human rights
Ecuador: Surveillance measures to confront the pandemic pose a threat to human rights 19 March 2020

While emergency measures like these are adopted with the aim of slowing the spread of the virus in order to protect public health, it is crucial to ensure that any use of surveillance technology for these purposes strictly adheres to the criteria of necessity and proportionality.

Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights
Ecuador: Surveillance technologies implemented to confront COVID-19 must not endanger human rights 19 March 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The undersigned organisations express their concern over the announcement of the use of satellite monitoring and georeferencing systems to track individuals as part of the disease containment measures established in Ecuador to confront the COVID-19 epidemic.

Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43
Safeguarding freedom of religion or belief and gender equality at HRC43 06 March 2020 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) participated in a side event at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC43) to look at how to move forward on safeguarding the intersection of freedom of religion or belief and gender equality.

APC statement at the UN Open-ended Working Group on International Cybersecurity
APC statement at the UN Open-ended Working Group on International Cybersecurity 13 February 2020 APC and others

APC welcomes this opportunity to address the United Nations Open-ended Working Group and to participate in this informal dialogue with stakeholders. We urge a rights-based and inclusive approach to understanding threats in cyberspace.

Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body
Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body 23 January 2020 Various

Joint statement by organisations urging United Nations Secretary-General to ensure the allocation of sufficient resources for the UN’s principal human rights body to be able to function effectively, so that it can continue to promote and protect human rights across the globe.

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

“Human Rights in the Age of Platforms”, published by the MIT Press, examines the human rights implications of today's platform society. APCNews interviewed Rikke Frank Jørgensen, editor of the publication, who provided insight on the reflections and recommendations captured in this book.

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 answers, where they exist, on how to build people-centred AI that puts human rights first are certainly complex and often raise further questions. The launch of GISWatch at IGF touched on some of these key issues and it was a special opportunity to gather so many researchers and activists to explore paths for moving forward.

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

Efforts to bolster cybersecurity often ignore the human rights dimension, or worse, view human rights as an impediment to cybersecurity. This is a dangerous and misguided assumption. Cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one.

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

While pointing to the positive use of AI to enable rights in ways that were not easily possible before, this edition of GISWatch highlights the real threats that we need to pay attention to if we are going to build an AI-embedded future that enables human dignity.

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