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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 ...

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...

Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Human rights impacts of taxing popular internet services: The cases of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda 02 January 2019 Justine Limpitlaw

This paper focuses on recent initiatives in three countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) to “tax” the internet through introducing excise duties on, essentially, internet access and/or use. The East African focus was not intentional, as these kinds of taxation initiatives are occurring in a number of regions in Africa. However, these are countries that have made actual legal enactments (whe...

Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019
Palestinian Digital Activism Forum to take place in January 2019 19 December 2018 7amleh Centre

APC member 7amleh - The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media will host the Palestine Digital Activism Forum (PDAF) on 16-17 January 2019. The forum will be attended by dozens of individuals and organisations working on digital media and digital rights, including the Association for Progressive Communications, Amnesty International, Deutsche Welle, and Human Rights Watc...

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

“It all started with a malicious Facebook post. Photographs of venerated figures – two Hindu kings of medieval India, and a recently departed demagogue of a Hindu right-wing political party, were morphed to show them in an apparently ‘derogatory’ manner, and widely circulated over social media. As if on cue, the moment they went viral, hundreds of supporters of far right Hindu organisat...

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands
An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The World's Freedom of Expression is in Your Hands 13 November 2018 Various

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What do the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Danish member of parliament, and a news anchor from the Philippines have in common? They have all been subject to a misapplication of Facebook’s Community Standards. But unlike the average user, each of these individuals and entities received media attention, were able to reach Facebook staff and, in some cas...

FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness
FABRICS: Emerging Artificial Intelligence Readiness 12 November 2018 Alex Comninos and Martin Konzett

A lot of industries seem to be overwhelmed by the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). Some proponents dream of utopias, while some opponents have dystopian nightmares. There is a lack of consensus in interpretations of the current legal and regulatory environments covering the implementation of computer systems leveraging AI and the related concepts of machine learning and deep learning. Inte...

In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil
In defense of freedom of expression and the right to communicate: Intervozes' public note on the 2018 presidential elections in Brazil 31 October 2018 Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social

In light of the result of the second round of elections, Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social is publicly expressing deep concern about the choice made by the majority of Brazilians who went to the polls this Sunday, October 28, and who elected Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) for the Presidency of the Republic.  It is public knowledge that the president-elect has made repeated state...

Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018)
Supplemental Coalition Report for South Africa's Review at the 64th Session of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (July 2018) 10 September 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Coalition Report to the 64th session (24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018) of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This Parallel Coalition Report (Second Coalition Report) is submitted to the CESCR to as...

APC calls for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam and for an end to crackdown on expression in Bangladesh
APC calls for the release of photographer Shahidul Alam and for an end to crackdown on expression in Bangladesh 13 August 2018 APC

APC and its undersigned members express concern over the detention of Shahidul Alam. On 5 August, renowned Bangladeshi photographer and human rights defender Shahidul Alam was detained by members of the country's Detective Branch of Police. He was charged with the infamous provision on “spreading propaganda and false information against the government” (Section 57) under Bang...

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