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Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF
Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF 10 January 2020 Miru Lee

The 14th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was hosted by the government of Germany in Berlin in late November 2019, under the theme “One World. One Net. One Vision.” Many people with an interest in internet governance had come to Berlin to discuss their own agendas, and all of the debates were very interesting. The agendas that I was interested in were artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights, and content regulation. Although the IGF does not produce binding commi...

IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa
IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa 12 December 2019 Avis Momeni

The 14th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Berlin on 25 to 29 November 2019. Thanks to the support provided by APC through the Member Exchange and Travel Fund (METF), I was able to attend the IGF as a representative of my organisation, PROTEGE QV . On 26 November, I participated in an IGF 2019 session called the “African Union Open Forum”, under the theme of digital inclusion. This session was organised by the African Union Commission. The main objective of this session w...

Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters?
Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters? 11 December 2019 Dorothy Mukasa

States globally are unilaterally adopting new criminal procedural laws granting law enforcement powers to obtain users’ data to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute crimes regardless of the location of the data or the users’ place of resident. This data may, however, be held by foreign providers or hosted abroad. The admissibility of digital evidence in criminal prosecutions has seen ...

Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon
Reaching for the next net: Experiences from the 2019 Internet Freedom Festival and RightsCon 05 July 2019 Pellaeon Lin

In the realm of internet freedom and digital rights, there are two big global events: the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) and RightsCon. This year, I had the honour of becoming one of the IFF fellows (my first time attending the IFF!) and attending my third RightsCon, as part of my organisation Open Culture Foundation, with the support of APC’s Member Exchange and Travel Fund. I often hear pe...

RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South
RightsCon 2018: Interrogating gender digital divides for the invisible unconnected women in the global South 31 May 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

The recently concluded RightsCon held in Toronto, Canada as a platform that values respect, diversity and inclusion in the digital age was a remarkable event that saw wonderful discussions and insights into the current contemporary challenges facing the globe, ranging from free expression to online rights, cybersecurity, women and gender, and ICT policies and perspectives, among others. I was a...

RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time
RightsCon 2018: Being in the right place at the right time 24 May 2018 Cecilia Mwende Maundu

If the internet was a country I can confidently say I would be the current sitting president. Sounds ambitious? I know, but that’s the truth. I would run for office and make sure I won in order to do everything to make the internet better. I heard about RightsCon while attending Safe Sister: The East African Women’s Digital Safety Fellowship, funded by Internews and Bread for the World. I w...

Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making
Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making 30 January 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

At the core of policy formulation and implementation processes lies the need to have diverse groups of stakeholders to make relevant input into the policy making process. Policy making is thus not only a preserve of the government, normally set within the framework of the top-bottom approach, but rather the contemporary environment contends that for policy formulation and implementation to be s...

A bit of IGF 2017: Access, fake news, hate speech and empowerment
A bit of IGF 2017: Access, fake news, hate speech and empowerment 16 January 2018 Veridiana Alimonti, Intervozes

The 12th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place between 18 and 21 December 2017 in Geneva. Once again, different countries, perspectives and stakeholders were brought together to discuss relevant issues related to the internet and technology, ranging from access and human rights online to new technologies and "hot" emerging issues. Here I will look at a number of the issues discussed...

COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy
COCONET: Learning to maximise the benefits of technology for human rights advocacy 16 January 2018 Md. Toufikul Islam, Bangladesh Friendship Education Society

The COCONET Southeast Asia Digital Rights Camp 2017 was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 22-26 October, organised by EngageMedia with the support of APC and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). The camp mainly focused on interactive learning and longer-term network building. Most of the agenda relied on participants hosting sessions and discussions. More than 100 participants from differ...

Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the most pressing of issues: native land rights. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that t...

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