Internet rights

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017 Maud Barret Bertelloni and Deborah Brown for APC, and Access Now

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial intelligence and automation with respect to the enjoyment of human rights by older persons. Concerns ...

On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil
On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil 11 August 2017 Brazil Coalition on Network Rights

At APC, we are concerned at the increasing undermining of democracy and due process in Brazil, in particular through the implication of media conglomerates in the unfolding events. APC believes that the media should serve the public interest, both online and offline, and that the internet is a critical platform for alternative media voices, and in this regard we encourage policy and regulation that support an open internet and media diversity. After the...

Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia
Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia 24 October 2019

A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online. In the increasingly authoritarian region, we stand witness to bloggers, protestors, human rights defenders, journalists and everyday internet users being harassed, threatened, b...

Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories
Rights in 2018: From resolutions on online gender-based violence, discrimination and privacy, to internet shutdowns in Africa, hate speech in Asia and work with youth and visual stories 19 September 2019

Human rights norms and standards integrate gender and development, and are respected and promoted in internet and ICT policy, governance, development and practice. This is a compendium of the highlights from APC's Annual Report for 2018. Contributed to policy by addressing new threats to human rights online The 38th Human Rights Council session saw the updating of its landmark re...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session 24 June 2019 Deborah Brown

The 41st session of the Human Rights Council is taking place over three weeks (24 June to 12 July 2019) in Geneva. During this session over 100 reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to adopt on around 25 resolutions. It will also feat...

Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations
Joint statement on the internet shutdown in Rakhine and Chin States by digital rights organisations and other civil society organisations 24 June 2019 Various

1. All governments have the duty to protect the right to freedom of expression and information, all the more so if they are democratically elected. However, the decision to shut down internet access in nine townships in Rakhine and Chin States without any prior notice or limitation clearly infringes these human rights and is a matter of great concern to our organizations as it should be to all ...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

Unwanted Witness: Demanding an inclusive internet legislative process that puts human rights at the centre
Unwanted Witness: Demanding an inclusive internet legislative process that puts human rights at the centre 05 June 2019 APCNews

Access to the internet is becoming subject to increasing restrictions worldwide, including numerous African countries, as we reported a few months ago in “It’s like being cut off from the world”. This is particularly so in the case of Uganda, where the newest member of the APC network, Unwanted Witness, is based. We talked to Dorothy Mukasa, executive director of the organisation, about c...

APC at the SIF: Tackling the many forms of “denial of service” to keep the internet free, open and secure
APC at the SIF: Tackling the many forms of “denial of service” to keep the internet free, open and secure 03 June 2019 APCNews

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is conceived as “a platform for advancing a free, open and secure internet as a driver of development.” Organised by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) every two years, it gathers together hundreds of participants from around the world and a wide range of stakeholder groups for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and collaboration. At this ye...

Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond
Stockholm Internet Forum: Reflecting on democracy in the digital era, in Africa and beyond 03 June 2019 Koliwe Majama

As an internet rights activist based in the global South, I often find myself musing over whether, within the African context in particular, access to a safe, free and open internet is possible. I also wonder whether governance and democracy can ever intersect in the scheme of things. Policy making remains central in these reflections. Ultimately, policy should be transformative – meaning tha...

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