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Save the date for a conversation on freedom of expression and gender justice with Irene Khan
Save the date for a conversation on freedom of expression and gender justice with Irene Khan 18 October 2021

Join us on Thursday 21 October 14:00 UTC in a conversation with Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on her new report on Freedom of Expression and Gender Justice.

Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security
Joint civil society statement on cyber peace and human security 13 October 2021 Various

Technology-facilitated violence must be understood in light of its impact on lives and livelihoods. Human security is at the heart of cyber security and therefore demands human-centric and rights-based approaches to establishing a peaceful ICT environment.

Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session
Joint civil society statement on the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Third Committee 75th session 23 November 2020 Various

This joint statement from APC and other civil society organisations around the world addresses the outcomes of the most recent session of the UNGA Third Committee.

Unpacking the GGE's framework on responsible state behaviour: Cyber norms
Unpacking the GGE's framework on responsible state behaviour: Cyber norms 20 December 2019 Anriette Esterhuysen, Deborah Brown and Sheetal Kumar

At the UN First Committee, two processes – the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) and the Open-ended Working Group  – are exploring the same question: responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. This paper examines norms in cyberspace, or "cyber norms", and their relevance to human rights.

Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA’s 74th Third Committee session
Joint civil society statement on outcomes of the UNGA’s 74th Third Committee session 21 November 2019 Various

Eleven civil society organisations that closely follow and engage with the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including APC, joined together to publish this joint statement on outcomes of the Committee's 74th session in November 2019.

Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online
Open letter to UN General Assembly: Proposed international convention on cybercrime poses a threat to human rights online 06 November 2019 Various

Countering cybercrime is a key challenge that requires international cooperation. However, the approach taken in the draft resolution “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes” is fundamentally flawed and would restrict the use of the internet for human rights, and social and economic development.

APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 10 September 2019 Various

APC welcomes this opportunity to address the OEWG and participate in this informal dialogue with stakeholders. APC and its members are increasingly concerned about state security-centric approaches to cybersecurity policy and the exclusion of civil society from cybersecurity efforts.

UN First Committee Processes on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace: An Explainer
UN First Committee Processes on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace: An Explainer 04 June 2019 Deborah Brown (APC) and Sheetal Kumar (Global Partners Digital)

In 2018, the First Committee established two parallel processes to discuss responsible state behaviour in cyberspace: the UN Group of Governmental Experts and the Open Ended Working Group. This explainer offers human rights defenders the information they need to engage with these processes.

UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online
UN General Assembly adopts record number of resolutions on internet governance and policy: Mixed outcomes for human rights online 10 January 2019 Deborah Brown

The UN General Assembly's 73rd session passed a record number of resolutions relevant for internet policy. This article outlines developments in the First Committee, relating to international norms in cyberspace, and the Third Committee, covering a range of internet-related human rights issues.

UN General Assembly adopts resolutions to protect human rights online for journalists and human rights defenders
UN General Assembly adopts resolutions to protect human rights online for journalists and human rights defenders 21 November 2017 Deborah Brown

As the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee wraps up its work this this week, it has adopted two resolutions reinforcing the responsibility of states to protect human rights online, specifically for journalists and human rights defenders. 

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