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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 late 2018, the UN General Assembly's First Committee established two parallel processes to discuss responsible state behaviour in cyberspace: the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) and the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG). The outcomes of these processes may end up having a significant influence on trends and policies in cybersecurity globally, with implications for human rights. This explainer offers human rights defenders all the information they need to start engaging with the GGE an...

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

Last month, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) wrapped up its main session, passing a record number of resolutions relevant for internet policy. This two-part article outlines major developments in UNGA’s First Committee, which are significant for the development of international norms in cyberspace, and in the Third Committee, which covers a range of internet-related human rights issues. While internet-related issues have been increasingly on UNGA’s agenda, the 73rd session was significant f...

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.  1. Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity Adopted by consensus, the resolution on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity (A/C.3...

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

The Association for Progressive Communications (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 resolution, the third such UNGA resolution on this topic, was adopted by consensus with over 60 co-sponsors. It adds substantive language on the role of ...

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

Vote in favour of Human Rights Defenders resolution in General Assembly plenary We are a group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels. We seek your clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, ...

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

Nearly 10 years ago, the second and final phase of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) concluded in Tunis, setting the tone for global discussions on the impacts of internet and ICTs on society. At the end of this year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a two-day high-level meeting in New York, which has the potential to shape UN debates on the internet and ICTs in the ...

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