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Hateful Network: Hate speech on social media platforms among Palestinians and its impact on their digital rights
Hateful Network: Hate speech on social media platforms among Palestinians and its impact on their digital rights 01 October 2021

This newly released study by 7amleh –The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement sheds light on the spread of hate speech among Palestinians in the digital space and its repercussions on their digital rights.

A mine-ridden internet and six rules for understanding anti-rights narratives
A mine-ridden internet and six rules for understanding anti-rights narratives 24 September 2021 Florencia Goldsman for GenderIT.org

Florencia Goldsman reviews the study "Engendering Hate: The contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online", adding pieces to the puzzle of targeted digital violence that undermines women's and LGBTIQ+ people's online presence.

Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?
Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change? 17 August 2021 Marwa Azelmat for GenderIT.org

We welcome the commitments made by Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle online abuse on their platforms. However, without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce and amplify existing inequalities, built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms on the surface.

Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election
Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election 06 August 2021 Arthur Kakande, Garnett Achieng, Neema Iyer, Bonnita Nyamwire, Sandra Nabulega and Irene Mwendwa

The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of online violence against women in politics in Uganda and determine how it might impact their use of digital solutions and social media platforms for expression and participation in the elections.

Fun and games and online safety: An innovative approach to digital security training for African women
Fun and games and online safety: An innovative approach to digital security training for African women 03 August 2021 APCNews

Digital security is obviously a serious concern, especially since people are spending more time than ever online. So you wouldn’t expect digital security training to be fun and games – but it can be, as Pollicy and Paradigm Initiative prove with their new joint initiative, Digital SafeTea.

Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee initiates collective mediation between Facebook and its users in South Korea
Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee initiates collective mediation between Facebook and its users in South Korea 20 July 2021 Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet

APC member organisation Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, in cooperation with the law firm Jihyang, responded to the abuse of personal information by Facebook by bringing this case to the Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee.

#MeToo India: The limits of analysis
#MeToo India: The limits of analysis 09 July 2021 Nayantara Ranganathan for GenderIT.org

Researcher Nayantara Ranganathan analyses tweets with the hashtag #metooindia, and examines the possibilities, limits and contradictions of studying a movement through a dataset of tweets centred around a phrase.

Pretty Good Podcast Episode 14: Can open source video platforms challenge YouTube?
Pretty Good Podcast Episode 14: Can open source video platforms challenge YouTube? 23 June 2021 EngageMedia

With Big Tech monopolies owning many of the online services we regularly use, is there still a space (and an audience) for platforms and content outside this mostly proprietary ecosystem?

Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47
Dramatic increase in digital rights violations of Palestinians in May 2021: Written statement submitted ahead of HRC 47 14 June 2021 APC

This statement was submitted ahead of the Human Rights Council 47th session to express grave concern over digital rights violations against Palestinians during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians in mixed cities in Israel and forcible displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.

End the wave of digital censorship in India
End the wave of digital censorship in India 11 June 2021 Various

APC joins with other civil society organisations to denounce the escalating situation of digital authoritarianism in India, including the efforts to intimidate web platforms into compliance with the government's censorship measures.

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