Internet rights

Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang
Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang 02 April 2018 Namita Aavriti

GenderIT.org interviewed Y. K. (Della) Chang, one of the founders of APC member organisation Jinbonet, who was recently appointed as a Personal Information Protection Commissioner in South Korea.

Moez Chakchouk: “People need to know that their rights are protected online”
Moez Chakchouk: “People need to know that their rights are protected online” 02 April 2018

“It is all about education, which Arab states don’t always care about. It is a matter of culture, educating the younger and also the older generations.”

HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy
HRC37: Digital identity, smart cities and the right to privacy 15 March 2018 Jamael Jacob, Foundation for Media Alternatives

The UN Human Rights Council's 37th session is taking place in Geneva. APC has participated with a diversity of statements and sessions on internet rights, including “Digital identity, smart cities and other data intensive systems: The implications for the right to privacy”.

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

This paper by Digital Empowerment Foundation documents on-the-ground stories and experiences in India to build a strong and effective case against network shutdowns, with a specific focus on the social and psychological impacts.

SMEX: Dependent Yet Disenfranchised: The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab states
SMEX: Dependent Yet Disenfranchised: The policy void that threatens the rights of mobile users in Arab states 19 February 2018 Social Media Exchange

In the context of growing government control of mobile networks and a lack of transparency by both governments and companies in making these controls visible, this report by SMEX seeks to document the public disclosure of key policies by all mobile operators in the 22 countries of the Arab region, specifically terms of service and privacy policies.

7amleh publishes innovative research on internet freedoms in Palestine
7amleh publishes innovative research on internet freedoms in Palestine 23 January 2018 7amleh

7amleh - Arab Center for Social Media Advancement published an innovative research analysing digital rights violations and threats in Palestine, with support from APC. 

Internet freedoms in Palestine: Mapping of digital rights violations and threats
Internet freedoms in Palestine: Mapping of digital rights violations and threats 23 January 2018 Marwa Fatafta

This report analyses freedoms in the Palestinian virtual sphere, especially in the context of violations that have recently been perpetrated against activists on social media platforms and the restrictions on freedom of speech online committed by the Israeli occupation, legislations from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza, as well as companies. 

Open letter from Latin American and Caribbean civil society representatives on the concerns about the discourse around fake news and elections
Open letter from Latin American and Caribbean civil society representatives on the concerns about the discourse around fake news and elections 17 January 2018

In the context of the Internet Governance Forum 2017 and growing international debates about the so called “fake news”, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about possible paths that the framing of the issue is taking.

APC.org top 10 most read stories in 2017
APC.org top 10 most read stories in 2017 21 December 2017 APCNews

What have our readers liked most during this year that is coming to an end? Check these stories out if you haven't had a chance to read them yet!

EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet
EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet 19 December 2017 Bishakha Datta, Smita Vanniyar, Jasmine Lovely George, Neha Mathews, Rachel Bali, Zahra Adamjee Indu Nepal, Jyotsna Maskay, Shiwa Karmacharya, Shaun Kirven, P.M. Deshapriya, J.M. Mendis Shermal Wijewardene, Subha Wijesiriwardena, and hvale vale

EROTICS is an exploration of the internet and its multi-layered relationship with sexuality, rights and sexual expression, and is a space/place of practices and a network of people which started in 2008. Its purpose was and is to look into the obscure, the unexpected and the obvious. EROTICS in its second iteration, first of all, included two new countries: Nepal and Sri Lanka, and these form a...

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