Internet rights are human rights

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 36th session 11 September 2017 Maud Barret Bertelloni and Deborah Brown for APC, and Access Now

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 11 to 29 September 2017 in Geneva. This session will consider a number of thematic reports from Special Rapporteurs Independent Experts, and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, some of which will touch on internet-related rights issues, including a report focused on assistive and robotics technology, artificial intelligence and automation with respect to the enjoyment of human rights by older persons. Concerns ...

The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts
The APC community’s work on digital rights in 2018: Advocating for rights-based policy and practices in local, regional and global contexts 07 May 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Amid growing concern about digital surveillance and the restriction of rights online, APC and its network have continued to fight for a free and open internet that protects and enables human rights for all. This focus has been crucial to our mandate and mission since the outset, and it remains one of our key strategic priorities today. In 2018, APC and its network made strides to address the challenge of building an internet that enables the exercise of human rights by developing and encourag...

Responding to the Christchurch Call
Responding to the Christchurch Call 07 May 2019 Joy Liddicoat

On 15 March 2019 an anti-Muslim terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people and injuring 49. Christchurch is my hometown and I was quickly on the phone to family members, checking their locations, texting those in lockdown and watching with horror as the reality of what was happening unfolded before me. I thought of my APC colleagues in South Africa, India, Pa...

Putting cybersecurity on the rights track
Putting cybersecurity on the rights track 29 April 2019

APC is implementing an exploratory project called “Putting cybersecurity on the rights track” with the support of the Mozilla Corporation. The goal of the project is to develop a research and advocacy strategy to ensure that cybersecurity policy and norms are influenced by civil society and progressive techie voices, so that these policies consistently integrate a rights-based approach. APC...

CIPESA Executive Director detained at Tanzania airport
CIPESA Executive Director detained at Tanzania airport 25 April 2019 CIPESA

Dr. Wairagala Wakabi, Executive Director of the Uganda-based Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), has been detained upon arrival at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, earlier today. Immigration authorities have declined to state the basis of his arrest. Dr. Wakabi had been invited to Tanzania to participate in the ann...

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! What is the contest about? APC invites artists, cartoonists, illustrators, designers, doodle enthusiasts and anyone passionate about human rights online, in particular social movements, freedom of religion, freedom of expr...

Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights
Exploring the impact of internet protocols and architectures on human rights 26 March 2019 Avri Doria

The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) in the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) is about to gather for its 11th meeting in a little over three years. The meeting will be held Thursday 28 March at 16:10 CET (15:10 UTC). Remote participation is possible and an audio feed is also available. Origin of the HRPC The idea for the Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research ...

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. From all the posts mentioning the term “Arabs”, 1 out of 10 contain an insult or an invitation to violence against Palestinians. These are some of the revelations included in the Index of Racism...

Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South
Cyberlaw and human rights: Intersections in the global South 10 March 2019 APCNews

How are internet governance and policy making developing? In the global South, and particularly under repressive regimes, regulations often reflect disregard for human rights obligations. How can we work for the preservation of the core values of the internet – interoperability, universality, free expression and the free flow of information – in these contexts? A panel on "Cyberlaw and...

The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade
The bigger picture: Assessing Zimbabwe’s internet blockade 22 February 2019 Koliwe Majama

As African citizens become progressively aware of their rights, more will take to the streets to demand that their leaders meet their needs. Civil disobedience is a tool that some governments on the continent are increasingly realising can be fuelled and sustained by the internet, and this has seen more governments impose an internet shutdown. This has become a go-to solution at both country an...

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