Internet rights

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 legislation governing online spaces; the application of existing legislation on blasphemy or religious se...

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 Johannesburg, South Africa from 27 to 29 September 2017.  This will expand the physical foot...

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...

New APC member 7amleh: Empowering marginalised Palestinian communities
New APC member 7amleh: Empowering marginalised Palestinian communities 12 July 2017 APC

The establishment of 7amleh was driven by the necessity to raise the profile and capacity of online Palestinian advocacy, both in terms of raising awareness of Palestinian issues to an international audience, but also among Palestinians themselves. With this statement, Palestinian NGO 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement welcomes visitors to its work, which focuses on improving t...

HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology?
HRC 35: How to protect human rights in the face of rapidly changing technology? 22 June 2017 APC

From 6 to 23 June, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held its 35th session, with debates on the situation of human rights worldwide. From harassment of human rights defenders and civil society activists, to crackdowns on freedom of expression and media freedom, to the threats faced by women and girls under conflict, a diversity of issues were highlighted. As we pointed out with our ...

Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet als...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 35th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 35th session 05 June 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Peter Micek and Alyse Rankin (Access Now)

The 35th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place from 6 to 23 June 2017 at the United Nations Office at Geneva. Internet rights are considered throughout the HRC agenda, with the HRC scheduled to discuss the report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression regarding threats like internet...

APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet
APC celebrates Africa Day with roundtable addressing human rights and the internet 25 May 2017 APC

As the world commemorates Africa Day this week, APC is convening a roundtable in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The meeting, which will take place between 26 and 28 May 2017 at the SAHRC headquarters, will gather representatives of national human rights ...

Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security
Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs. national security 09 March 2017 Ritu Srivastava and Bijo P. Abraham

The balance between state powers and rights of citizens is a symbol of democracy. With the advent of the internet, exercising free speech, expression, association and assembly have become much easier. It has not only made communication technology affordable but has also given a platform for self-expression, which was otherwise not available through traditional media. However, most countries bui...

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