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APC at RightsCon 2018
APC at RightsCon 2018 11 May 2018 APCNews

RightsCon 2018 is taking place on 16-18 May in Toronto, Canada. More than 2,000 participants are expected at the seventh installment of this gathering, which will explore pressing issues including innovation policy, free expression and protection of global journalism, gender diversity and digital inclusion, encryption and cybersecurity, and many other topics relevant to keeping the internet free, open and secure worldwide. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues,...

Can digital technologies accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?
Can digital technologies accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? 14 January 2019 Loyce Kyogabirwe (CIPESA)

The development and adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and big data have accelerated exponentially in the past few years. These technologies have presented opportunities, but also challenges and risks, to internet users worldwide. During the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris, the contribution of these technologies towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was highlighted. During the...

Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda
Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda 09 January 2019 WOUGNET

The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from current or former male partners. For such cases, it is then referred to as Technology-related Violence Against Women (Tech-related VAW). Tech-related VAW encompasses acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggrava...

Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality
Palestine and PayPal: Towards economic equality 21 December 2018 7amleh Centre

This report by APC member 7amleh analyses the abstention of the online payment company PayPal and the impact of this stance on the Palestinian economy. It discusses the readiness of the Palestinian economy and the efforts exerted by the Palestine Monetary Authority to overcome the economic obstacles as well as the developments that have taken place in recent years. It presents the purchasi...

Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019
Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019 19 December 2018 7amleh Centre

APC member 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media will host the Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) on 16-17 January 2019. The forum will be attended by dozens of individuals and organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including the Association for Progressive Communications, Amnesty International, Deutsche Welle, and Human Rights Watc...

She Connects: Tech-enabled women entrepreneurship in Pakistan
She Connects: Tech-enabled women entrepreneurship in Pakistan 17 December 2018 Media Matters for Democracy for Digital Rights Monitor

This report by APC member Media Matters for Democracy can also be found on the Digital Rights Monitor website. The idea of growing women’s leadership is more radical than it should be. Women do constitute almost half of the world’s population after all – they contribute endlessly to the workforce, often in unpaid, unappreciated categories. Talking specifically of countries like Pakis...

APC member EngageMedia on why internet freedom is a basic human right
APC member EngageMedia on why internet freedom is a basic human right 11 December 2018 EngageMedia

As part of the conversation around Human Rights Day, we are republishing this piece on internet rights in India, by our member Engage Media. You can also read it on their website. On December 10, we celebrate the International Human Rights Day to commemorate the historic adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on the same ...

Protecting the digital data: An overview of corporate data protection policies in Pakistan
Protecting the digital data: An overview of corporate data protection policies in Pakistan 29 November 2018 Media Matters for Democracy for Digital Rights Monitor

After years of advocacy and pressure building, the government of Pakistan has finally made some headway towards the enactment of a data protection legislation. The ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has recently published the draft data protection bill on its website and is seeking comments and suggestions of different stakeholders through its website. This research has b...

Pakistan: Global civil society calls on the Government to reverse its order to close 18 human rights and development organisations
Pakistan: Global civil society calls on the Government to reverse its order to close 18 human rights and development organisations 19 October 2018 APC and others

25 national, regional and international civil society organisations (CSOs) express their deep concern over the suspension and expulsion of 18 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Pakistan. These organizations serve millions of people in Pakistan and contribute to the country’s economic and social development. We are also concerned that these actions indicate further restric...

South Africa: Civil society organisations test government’s commitment to human rights at the United Nations
South Africa: Civil society organisations test government’s commitment to human rights at the United Nations 02 October 2018 APC and others

South Africa risks continued failures to fulfil its human rights obligations to people if the government’s austerity policy is maintained, civil society organisations have warned at the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee). The organisations outlined the systemic challenges that impede access to adequate health care, housing, education, work, social...

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