Internet rights

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 and indigenous communities in the information society; and the use of ICT to combat the marginalisati...

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), Ghanaian Centre of PEN International, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and APC m...

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...

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...

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 ...

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