Digital society

Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Closer than ever: Keeping our movements connected and inclusive – The Association for Progressive Communications' response to the COVID-19 pandemic 07 April 2020

This position paper outlines APC's current thinking on the pandemic. It identifies several key, interrelated issues that require attention by governments, the private sector and civil society.

DEF's COVID-19 relief initiatives as a digitally enabled humanitarian organisation
DEF's COVID-19 relief initiatives as a digitally enabled humanitarian organisation 31 August 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

The Digital Empowerment Foundation launched the Digital Emergency Relief Programme through its Community Information Resource Centres (CIRC) in 600+ locations in India, which have been rigorously responding to the crisis by reaching out to the most vulnerable communities.

EngageMedia: Alternative ethical frameworks for AI: A critical view of AI ethics
EngageMedia: Alternative ethical frameworks for AI: A critical view of AI ethics 31 August 2020 Jun-E Tan for EngageMedia

Going beyond traditional Western frameworks of artificial intelligence (AI), this article shares other lenses from various cultural landscapes from which to view AI ethics.

CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications
CIPESA: Niger passes new law on interception of communications 31 August 2020 Simone Toussi and Thomas Robertson

In response to national security challenges related to terrorism, ethnic conflict and organised crime, Niger promulgated a new law on the interception of communications, with surveillance implications that threaten the right to free speech and privacy online.

What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech
What comes next after the Terror Law? FMA convenes civil society reps to talk about the future of free speech 31 August 2020 Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Foundation for Media Alternatives organised a webinar on digital rights in the Philippines, discussing the exacerbation of the digital divide during the lockdown, freedom of expression and the effects of the controversial Anti-Terror Law.

African internet resilience: What about complementary access models?
African internet resilience: What about complementary access models? 31 August 2020 Marta Kopp

The fifth session of the African Internet Resilience webinar series took place on 30 July. The focus of the session was to foster a deeper understanding of complementary networks and address the need for internet services in rural and underserved areas across the continent.

CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election
CIPESA: Tanzania entrenches digital rights repression amidst COVID-19 denialism and a looming election 24 August 2020 Edrine Wanyama for CIPESA

On 17 July, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations. These new regulations repress online speech, privacy and access to information.

WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda
WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda 20 August 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge, WOUGNET

During RightsCon 2020, the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)hosted a session on non-consensual sharing of intimate images (NCII), a form of online violence that is on the rise in Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries, commonly referred to as “revenge porn”.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence
Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence 20 August 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with the women journalists who have called out online violence they face on social media platforms. A statement released by a group of women journalists on 12 August highlights a culture of hateful speech, incitement, harassment and doxxing.

Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon
Between regulation and rights: DEF at RightsCon 19 August 2020 Sarah Farooqui, Digital Empowerment Foundation

Participants from a range of countries and regions took part in a panel at RightsCon 2020 to bring perspectives from around the world to the topic of empowering the people through media and information literacy.

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