If an object has a chip, it becomes smart, and by extension our houses become smarter – and so do our cities, hospitals, toys, phones. But what about the inventors, the creators, the owners, the users of all these smart and tiny things – are we becoming smarter?
This submission highlights areas of concern that Social Media Exchange (SMEX) and APC hope will inform the Human Rights Committee’s consideration of the Lebanese government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning Article 17, on the right to privacy.
These practices persist in violation of the United States’ human rights treaty obligations, and action is needed to hold the US government accountable for the protection of human rights at US borders, which are not zones of exclusion or exception.
In a joint letter sent to UN high authorities, a group of organisations urged them to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts.
The ever-growing advancement of information technology is not without perils. Online privacy has been at stake for a while now and the protection of personal information is under attack. We no longer have control over our private data. It is now a commodity up for sale to the highest bidders.
This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines the overlapping nature of state, commercial and peer surveillance; and maps the challenges and opportunities women and queers encounter on the nexus between data, surveillance, gender and sexuality.
APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s UNGA resolution, the third on this topic, adds substantive language on the role of the private sector.
APC welcomes the adoption of the safety of journalists resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists in their work, and commends the HRC for becoming the first UN body to call on states to not interfere with the use of encryption and anonymity tools.
The key question of this volume is to what extent South Africa has used its power and influence for human rights promotion and protection abroad. APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen, Emilar Vushe and Deborah Brown co-authored the chapter on privacy, security and internet governance.
A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons – in all our diversities – to fully enjoy our rights, engage in pleasure and play, and dismantle patriarchy. The following key principles are critical towards realising a feminist internet.