Internet rights

Voices on sex, rights and violence from South Asia
Voices on sex, rights and violence from South Asia 16 December 2017 Ethan Zuckerman for Global Voices

As censorship, sexual assault, and violence against women in the South Asian subcontinent continue to rise, a refreshing gender diverse panel discussed sexual rights of women and laws that discriminate against public expression of sexuality in South Asia. Valentina hvale Pellizzer of the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) directs a new project called EROTICS South Asia focused on researching online sexuality and the ways in which LGBTIA people use the internet. Pellizzer notes th...

COCONET: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp to take place in Indonesia
COCONET: Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp to take place in Indonesia 16 October 2017 Engage Media, APC and SEAPA

How can we enhance regional networking and build collaborations to help expand and popularise digital rights issues in Southeast Asia? EngageMedia, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), along with key regional allies, will be hosting COCONET, a Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp, in October, in Indonesia.  COCONET, named after the coconut plant that is widely grown and used in the Southeast Asian region, also m...

Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon
Joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review 2018 Cycle – Cameroon 10 October 2017

This is a joint submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review on its 2018 Cycle for Cameroon, by Access Now, ADISI-Cameroun, APC and Internet Sans Frontières. The organisations submitting this report consider that Cameroon can improve its human rights record and treatment of digital rights in several areas and make recommendations to the government of Cameroon...

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms platform launched in more languages for wider engagement and outreach 10 October 2017 Olga Tsafack-Koloko

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, commonly called the African Declaration (AD), is a pan-African initiative to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent. The AD is intended to elaborate on the principles which are necessary to uphold human and peoples' rights and to cultivate an internet en...

State of the Internet in Asia: The case of India, Malaysia and Pakistan
State of the Internet in Asia: The case of India, Malaysia and Pakistan 03 October 2017 APC

This report looks at current trends and challenges with regard to internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan, with a particular emphasis on online freedom of expression, association and assembly. It was produced in the framework of the Advocacy for Change through Technology in India, Malaysia and Pakistan (APC-IMPACT) project, a joint initiative between Digital Empowerment Foundation (Indi...

Highlights from the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (#FIFAfrica2017)
Highlights from the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 (#FIFAfrica2017) 29 September 2017

Privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online were some of the concerns of this year's Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica17). Co-organised by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and the Association for Progressive Communications, this meeting took place in Johannesburg, South A...

Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation
Promotion of the right to freedom of expression in Asia: Regional consultation 28 September 2017

Freedom of assembly, association, expression and religion are interconnected rights that people are increasingly using the internet to exercise. Within this context, backlash has come in the form of restrictions placed on these fundamental freedoms by States and outright attacks by non state actors. In Asia, evidence of these trends is seen through examples such as the introduction of new legis...

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa to take place in Johannesburg
Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa to take place in Johannesburg 26 September 2017 APC

Privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online are some of the concerns of this year's Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica17). Co-organised by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), this meeting will take place in Jo...

Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them?
Economic, social and cultural rights - What does the internet have to do with them? 22 September 2017 APC

In 2016, APC produced its annual edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet. Some of the topics are familiar to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D) activists: the right to health, education and culture; the socioeconomic empowerment of women using the internet; the inclusion of rural a...

Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo
Civil society organisations write to international bodies over internet shutdown in Togo 14 September 2017 Various

A coalition of some 35 civil society organisations has written to several international bodies including the African Union and the United Nations Human Rights Council over the recent internet shutdown in Togo. Signatories to the letter include Paradigm Initiative, Reporters Without Borders, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Now, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), G...

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