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APC at RightsCon 2018
APC at RightsCon 2018 11 May 2018 APCNews

RightsCon 2018 is taking place on 16-18 May in Toronto, Canada. More than 2,000 participants are expected at the seventh installment of this gathering, which will explore pressing issues including innovation policy, free expression and protection of global journalism, gender diversity and digital inclusion, encryption and cybersecurity, and many other topics relevant to keeping the internet free, open and secure worldwide. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues,...

President ousted after brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online
President ousted after brutal repression of protests in Sudan, both offline and online 11 April 2019 Liemia El-Abubkr

Protests in Sudan have spread to an unprecedented level, with women and young people being at the forefront of a movement for change that seems to have succeeded in ousting President Omar al-Bashir, after months of struggle both online and offline. But how did this all start? Let's take a look back. Months of protests and repression, in the streets and online On 19 December 2018, a demonstration started in Atbra, a town in northern Sudan, against the increase in food prices and the general sh...

Rudi International: The Universal Periodic Review is taking place and there is a pressing need for recommendations on digital rights for the DRC
Rudi International: The Universal Periodic Review is taking place and there is a pressing need for recommendations on digital rights for the DRC 08 April 2019 Arsène Tungali

This post is adapted from an article originally published on Rudi International's website. During its first (2009) and second (2014) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycles, 395 recommendations were made to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The government supported more than 80% of the recommendations made. But none of these recommendations touched on human rights onlin...

APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019
APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019 01 April 2019 APCNews

The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) held in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. The 2019 Internet Freedom Festival marks an important milestone, as it will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, with occasions for celebration and reflection.  The...

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

The year 2019 started with five African countries – Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Sudan and Zimbabwe – facing internet disruptions, a very dangerous trend that reveals a rise in authoritarianism on the continent. This is the focus of Despots and Disruptions: Five Dimensions of Internet Shutdowns in Africa, a recently launched study by APC member Collaboration on Inte...

Media Matters for Democracy: Challenges to media and digital freedoms
Media Matters for Democracy: Challenges to media and digital freedoms 18 March 2019 Salwa Rana, Talal Raza and Waqas Naeem for Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) launched its annual publication assessing the challenges to media and digital freedoms during the year 2018. The report touches upon various issues including violent and regulatory actions against the media, online censorship, the right to information regime, disinformation, internet disconnections, data protection, and legislative developments related to...

Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly
Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly 11 March 2019

What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enabled violence? We mostly talk about online violence, or violence on the internet. But that's only part of the story. Another part of the story - one we talk or think about much less - goes beyond the online to the digital. APC member Point of View launches Free To Be Mobile, a publication that features ten stories of teenagers, women, trans...

Inside the Information Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development
Inside the Information Society: Measuring the impact of ICTs on sustainable development 11 March 2019 David Souter

Measuring the Information (or Digital) Society sounds as if it should be simple. After all, it’s digital! If we’re worried about the volume of data that’s gathered about us every time we click a mouse or tap a smartscreen, surely there must be more than enough to tell us all we need to know about how the Information Society’s evolving. Not so, and especially not so when it com...

Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South
Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South 10 March 2019 APCNews

How are internet governance and policy making developing? In the global South, and particularly under repressive regimes, regulations often reflect disregard for human rights obligations. How can we work for the preservation of the core values of the internet – interoperability, universality, free expression and the free flow of information – in these contexts? A panel on "Cyberlaw and...

KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa?
KICTANet: Is privacy a concern for mobile phone users in Africa? 19 February 2019 KICTANet

"This was a major breach of trust. We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. If we can't do that, we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people." These were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's words after public revelations that Cambridge Analytica had collected the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent. However, almost a...

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