ICT policy

Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights

London [27 June 2016]

Each week, David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society. This week’s blog looks at human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.

We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights.

Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector

By David Sullivan (June 2016, APC )

This issue paper takes stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector, using their three pillars – the state responsibility to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect rights, and the need for access to effective remedy when rights have been violated – to explore key issues, implementation gaps, and emerging best practices for technology companies.

A complete analysis of the impact of ICT companies on all human rights is beyond the scope of this paper, which focuses on some of the most salient rights impacted by companies, looking at both civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights. By taking stock of progress made thus far and implementation gaps, this report concludes with recommendations intended to provide a roadmap to move ICT sector risks and opportunities to the centre of the business and human rights debate.

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy

By B4A, MMfD & APC (April 2016, )

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent development regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

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Cultural rights and the internet in Brazil. Presentation at 157th session at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

By APC, Article 19, Public Knowledge (April 2016, APC )
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Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration

18 March 2016 (Mike Jensen for APCNews)

Advances in the use of ICTs have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression, but these technology advances are also leading to growing consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media.

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CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy"

15 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.

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Joint statement on initiatives to "counter and prevent violent extremism”

(February 2016, APC )

This joint written submission raises serious concerns regarding the potential impact of initiatives to counter
and “prevent violent extremism” on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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ICANN, you can too

Argentina

In June I had my first experience at an ICANN meeting. I was tagged with a bright green badge as a “newcomer” as soon as I registered.

“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak

BUENOS AIRES 2 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC attended the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that took place in Buenos Aires on 21-25 June 2015. We interviewed Rafik Dammak, a Tunisian engineer living in Tokyo, who is an APC individual member and chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN, since any policy around domain names has a dramatic and global effect.

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