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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,...

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 day in 1948 in Paris, France. Today, we will focus on internet rights as a basic human right. For mi...

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...

APC members in 2017: Protecting Guasu Metropolitan park in Paraguay with the help of social media
APC members in 2017: Protecting Guasu Metropolitan park in Paraguay with the help of social media 24 September 2018 Asociación Trinidad

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report , as part of our work on rights. In January 2017, the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Works began to dig two large trenches, four metres deep, in Guasu Metropolitan Park, the last natural forested area in Asunción, claiming that these would serve to collect run-off from the stream that runs along the border of the park, in order to pre...

APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum
APC members in 2017: 7amleh Center advances its work in freedom of expression and digital rights through research and Palestine Digital Activism Forum 24 September 2018 7amleh

This member story was featured in the  2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on rights. 7amleh Center has been laying the foundations for awareness and advocacy on digital rights in Palestine through the publication of a groundbreaking research on “Internet Freedoms in Palestine - Mapping of Digital Rights Violations and Threats”, and bringing key policy makers from social m...

Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon
Preserving digital rights during elections in Cameroon 23 September 2018 Avis Momeni

PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation based in Cameroon, joined other local and international civil society organisations, entrepreneurs, internet service providers and content platforms for the multistakeholder symposium "Digital Rights and Elections in Cameroon: Fighting dangerous speech online while preserving digital rights". The symposium, which took place in Yaoundé on 12-13 Septem...

Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians
Mapping Segregation: Google Maps and the Human Rights of Palestinians 19 September 2018 7amleh

This report by 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement reveals new insights about how Google Maps’ mapping process in the occupied Palestinian territories serves the interests of the Israeli government and contradicts Google’s commitment to international human rights frameworks. In particular it focuses on Google Maps’ representation of geography and political boundaries in Is...

Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa
Social Media Exchange, Lebanon: A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the Middle East and North Africa 29 August 2018 Social Media Exchange

This research was published by SMEX and supported by Meedan and the MENA Investigative Fund.  Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade th...

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