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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 ...

Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile
Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile 23 January 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Derechos Digitales welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Report ahead of the 66th session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This submission is centred on cross-cutting issues related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) affecting the exercise of economic, social and cultural rights in the International Covenant for Economic, Social an...

APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development”
APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development” 22 January 2020 APC

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to forget that many people, especially those living in the rural areas of low-income economies, lack basic internet connectivity. We encourage the ITU to continue to focus on its core mandate of “connecting all the world’s people”. Within this context, ITU’s expertise could help to explore new and emerging technologies to improve conne...

Human Rights in the Age of Platforms: "The call for alternatives is growing"
Human Rights in the Age of Platforms: "The call for alternatives is growing" 21 January 2020 APCNews

The publication “Human Rights in the Age of Platforms”, published by the MIT Press in November 2019, examines the human rights implications of today's platform society. “Today such companies as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter play an increasingly important role in how users form and express opinions, encounter information, debate, disagree, mobilize, and maintain their pri...

A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional
A step closer to realising internet freedoms in India: Supreme Court rules indefinite internet shutdowns are unconstitutional 14 January 2020 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court of India, which held that the indefinite imposition of internet shutdowns is unconstitutional. In its judgement on 10 January 2020, the Court directed the government to review all orders relating to internet shutdowns within one week. The Court also directed the government to put in the public domai...

Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like?
Challenge hate speech: What does your hate speech monster look like? 13 January 2020 Cathy Chen

What does your hate speech monster look like? This is the question posed in a video we have produced as part of our project "Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia". Our #ChallengeHateSpeech project aims to contribute to the efforts made by movements pushing back against hate speech through different strategies. These inclu...

An open letter to Google
An open letter to Google 08 January 2020 Various

Dear Mr. Pichai, We, the undersigned, agree with you: privacy cannot be a luxury offered only to those people who can afford it. And yet, Android Partners – who use the Android trademark and branding – are manufacturing devices that contain pre-installed apps that cannot be deleted (often known as "bloatware"), which can leave users vulnerable to their data being collected, shared and expos...

APC Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination
APC Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: Thematic report on new information technologies, racial equality, and non-discrimination 23 December 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the focus of the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the acute and structural threats that new information technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), pose to the rights to non-discrimination and racial equality, human rights principles and standards,...

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 (OEWG) – are currently exploring the same question: responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. This term comes from a 2015 report by the previous GGE, which defines it according to a framework of four components: 1) norms, rules and principles; 2) confidence-building measur...

Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition
Joint letter: Ban security and surveillance facial recognition 19 December 2019 Various

We, organisations, collectives, companies, associations and trade unions, ask the French Parliament and government to ban any use of facial recognition techniques for security and surveillance purposes, now and in the future. We note that such technologies are already being widely deployed in France. In addition to the “PARAFE” automated border gates already installed in various stations an...

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