Internet rights

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders
Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders 30 October 2018 Various

Recognising the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well as democratic governments committed to the freedom of expression, to take immediate steps to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for grave human rights violations. The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 39th session 09 September 2018 Deborah Brown and Sebastián Becker Castellaro (APC) and Aurora A. Sauter (Access Now)

The 39th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place on 10-28 September 2018 in Geneva. Relevant issues on the agenda this session for internet rights advocates include new reports from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the right to privacy in the digital age and on mechanisms concerned with ensuring the safety of journalists (as well as a resolution on this issue). The Council will also hold its first dedicated interactive dialogue on reprisals aga...

An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
An internet rights agenda for the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 20 August 2018 APC

On 10 August, Michelle Bachelet was confirmed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest-ranking official in the UN system on human rights. Her voice carries significant weight in calling out and addressing human rights violations and advancing norms, both in the UN and for broader public opinion. APC sees great value in t...

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced ...

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) wrapped up earlier this month, with the adoption of 20 resolutions including quite a few touching on key internet-related human rights issues. This session of the UN HRC reflects growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement ...

Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future”
Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future” 06 July 2018 Amrita Choudhury and Nadira Al-Araj

The internet today has been recognized as one of the key enablers to bridge the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots"; empowering women, indigenous population and ethnic minorities. While the number of internet users has been growing significantly, yet significant discrepancies on who can actually access and benefit from it has been observed. In fact, there is a significant differenc...

Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council
Internet rights in focus: 38th session of the Human Rights Council 19 June 2018 Deborah Brown and Sidra Rizvi (APC) and Kyung Min Kim (Access Now)

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place from 18 June to 6 July 2018 in Geneva. Internet rights will be in focus this session, with a number of resolutions, panels and reports focused on the online dimension of human rights issues. Resolutions relating to the internet and human rights Internet and human rights: Sweden, together with Brazil, Nigeria, Tunisia, and the Uni...

2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana
2018 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) set to take place in Ghana 14 June 2018

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). This year, the Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Media Foundation West Africa (MFWA) and will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The Forum is a landmark event that convenes vario...

The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication
The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication 02 May 2018

This GenderIT.org edition is an exploration of the multiple layers of the relationship between sexuality, rights and sexual expression and the internet. Does it open up new avenues and forums for expression, or does it expose people to more variations of the violence, abuse and harassment that we face onground/offline? And is this even a question to ask, since it is now inevitable that we are a...

HRC37: Key outcomes for internet rights
HRC37: Key outcomes for internet rights 27 April 2018 Deborah Brown

APC participated in the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) last month (5-14 March) with the aim of calling for stronger protections of the right to privacy, especially around encryption and anonymity, emerging threats related to intensive data systems, and gender-based threats to privacy. We also continued to advocate for recognising the importance of the internet for advancing e...

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