Internet rights

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 institutions (NHRIs) from across the African continent to discuss and strengthen their understa...

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 build contingencies into their national law that allow for governments to take control of communication...

Sexual expression: Breaking down the barriers
Sexual expression: Breaking down the barriers 01 March 2017 Ess

This piece was motivated by an amazing session on Sex and Freedom of Expression Online (transcript and video) at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum. I wrote this immediately afterwards but as with most controversial subjects, I dilly-dallied on whether or not to publish. However, thanks to the insistence of the best friend and an amazing young woman in tech who I had review this for me, I becam...

Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom
Promoting the right to information across Africa at the Forum on Internet Freedom 24 February 2017 Sunday Adeoti, Fantsuam Foundation

Internet freedom, according to the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) 2016, means access to any kind of information through the internet. Free flow of information. Nothing should hinder your access. However, the following issues must be considered: What is the authenticity of the information on the net? How was the data collected? Who did the validation of the data before processin...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session 24 February 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age. The HRC will also review reports by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection ...

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 34th session 23 February 2017 Deborah Brown (APC); Elena Goldstein and Peter Micek (Access Now)

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC 34) will take place from 27 February to 24 March 2017 in Geneva. Internet rights remain at the forefront of the HRC agenda, with the Council scheduled to discuss the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy regarding oversight of government surveillance programmes, and debate a new resolution on the right to privacy in the digita...

Ten facts about your computer: Health, hardware and the toll on women
Ten facts about your computer: Health, hardware and the toll on women 22 February 2017 Sonia Randhawa

The top-end of the computer industry is still seen as a sexy place to be. The culture may be designed to wed you to the job, but its a pairing that many professionals envy. And of course, as this week’s protest is designed to highlight, this side of the industry is not where the women are. The women are often in a darker side of the valley, the side that makes the toys that the (predominantly...

Being Dalit, doing corporate (women-in-tech)
Being Dalit, doing corporate (women-in-tech) 22 February 2017 Christina Thomas Dhanaraj

Generally speaking, there is an extremely minimal presence of Dalit women in corporate spaces, which by itself is a huge challenge. Unlike the public sector, no affirmative action policies in India mandate the recruitment of Dalits or Dalit women in the private sector. A study conducted in 2010 by the Centre for Social Equity & Inclusion in New Delhi found that while Indian economic reforms...

Trafficking in women: Female objectification
Trafficking in women: Female objectification 13 January 2017 Vera Vieira

96% of people interviewed in an unprecedented national survey believe that women are being trafficked in Brazil, and 82% estimate that it takes place in their own town. These results dismiss the prevailing belief that human trafficking is an urban legend or a fictional subject from a famous Brazilian soap opera. Another significant result is the fact that 16% of people interviewed claim to know...

At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC
At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC 13 January 2017 Tarryn Booysen

Take Back The Tech! celebrates 10 years of working with grassroots movements around the world to take control of technology to end violence against women. Throughout the year Take Back the Tech! (TBTT) has mini campaigns, however the biggest is 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10 each year). Campaigners from all around the globe join in with creative a...

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