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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. 

APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges
APC welcomes UNGA resolution calling for effective measures to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of increasing challenges 21 November 2016 APC

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.

Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary
Letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly: Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary 12 December 2015

A group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels seek clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and...

Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review
Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review 23 July 2015 Deborah Brown

The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on internet and society that continue to dominate the sector. At the end of 2015, the UN General Assembly is holding a high-level meeting to review the WSIS, which again will profoundly shape the debate in the short and long term.

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