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

ter, 07/04/2020 - 19:12

This briefing 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.

Coconet: Artificial intelligence and human rights in Southeast Asia – an overview

ter, 07/04/2020 - 13:02

The context of how artificial intelligence (AI) affects our rights as digital natives is worth unpacking, especially during political and public health crises, where online communication is a lifeline for many, and citizens are possibly being subjected to government surveillance and manipulation.

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Closer Than Ever: A guide for social change organisations who want to work online

ter, 07/04/2020 - 12:45

APC is relaunching this guide as one response to the crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated worldwide and which is affecting each and every one of us, wherever we live, wherever we work. In this guide, we share knowledge harvested through three decades of remote working in the hopes that other non-profit organisations will find it useful. 

A day in EngageMedia remote work: How to not be socially distant online

ter, 07/04/2020 - 10:51

EngageMedia, an organisation with significant experience in working remotely, has some tips and tools for those now working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Women radically transforming a world in crisis: A virtual dialogue

seg, 06/04/2020 - 20:22

A virtual dialogue on collective safety, co-convened by Just Associates (JASS), IM-Defensoras and APC, coincided with the launch of a new JASS tookit featuring resources for women human rights defenders. 

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NGO and expert statement to the OECD Secretary General on COVID-19, privacy and fundamental rights

seg, 06/04/2020 - 17:15

Many nations are considering proposals to use digital technologies to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. This joint statement calls on the OECD to ensure the protection of privacy and other fundamental human rights in the use of these technologies.

Coconet: How health security and individual privacy can go hand in hand

seg, 06/04/2020 - 13:50

Technology has become a crucial part of the COVID-19 response, and this has raised some serious questions: Can privacy and public health security go hand in hand? Is it enough to use safeguards such as transparency and the use of intrusive technology only when absolutely necessary?

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Inside the Digital Society: Resetting digital governance

seg, 06/04/2020 - 08:10

This is my fourth blog on the impact which the corona virus is having on the digital society. This time I’ll comment on internet/digital governance. Is this the time for re-set?

Call for organisations to nominate and host Asia regional coordinator for community networks project

sex, 03/04/2020 - 17:59

We are looking for an organisation to nominate and host the Asia regional coordinator for the “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project.

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Brazil acknowledges community networks as viable option for connectivity

sex, 03/04/2020 - 13:39

Brazil's communications regulator Anatel has acknowledged that community networks are a viable option for Brazilians. This decision provides for both regulation for existing community networks and the creation of future networks. The question now is, what happens next?

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Phase 2 updates to ALT Advisory’s Data Protection Africa portal are now available

qui, 02/04/2020 - 20:27

Data Protection Africa is an online open-access portal that provides information on data protection laws and access to data protection authorities in 32 African countries. The portal is now available in 18 languages, country pages have been updated, and various new features have been introduced.

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Civil society from Latin America and the Caribbean demands respect for human rights when governments deploy digital technologies to fight COVID-19

qui, 02/04/2020 - 19:05

Many countries today are turning to digital technologies to provide information as well as for monitoring and controlling people infected with the virus, which alerts us to the potential impact of these technologies on people’s fundamental rights.

Joint civil society statement on Myanmar government's orders to block over 200 websites

qui, 02/04/2020 - 13:52

In the last two weeks of March 2020, the government issued several directives to Myanmar telecom operators ordering them to block at least 221 websites. We believe that the government’s order to block these websites lacks an adequate legal basis and is in violation of international human rights law.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why do communities decide to build their own communications networks?

qui, 02/04/2020 - 10:22

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we explore the motivations for establishing community networks.

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Joint civil society statement: States use of digital surveillance technologies to fight pandemic must respect human rights

qua, 01/04/2020 - 21:45

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency that requires a coordinated and large-scale response by governments worldwide. However, states’ efforts to contain the virus must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance.

Palestine Digital Activism Forum challenges movement restrictions and social isolation due to corona with online conference

qua, 01/04/2020 - 21:18

7amleh concluded the online version of the Palestine Forum for Digital Activism 2020 with the participation of a quarter million Palestinians, Arabs and internationals. The conference was adapted from an offline event with 1,000 participants to an online event in two weeks.

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Coconet: Fighting the COVID-19 ‘Infodemic’ in the Asia-Pacific

qua, 01/04/2020 - 17:39

While governments and health workers worldwide are focused on combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also busy fighting another related pandemic that cuts across all sectors of society: a massive “infodemic” equally as wide-reaching and harmful.

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GenderIT: New edition explores feminist movement building in Africa

seg, 30/03/2020 - 20:57

This edition of GenderIT gathers a series of reflections inspired by the first Making a Feminist Internet in Africa regional convening. Feminists from eighteen African countries came together to discuss what the internet means for their lives and centre the voices of African women.

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GreenNet: Tools for working from home

seg, 30/03/2020 - 16:54

In these difficult and weird times, many people and organisations are adjusting to situations of remote working and working from home. Even for groups who are accustomed to online communications, the switch to full remote working may be a challenge.

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HRC43: APC statement for the stakeholder meeting with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

seg, 30/03/2020 - 13:54

APC's statement presented at the stakeholder meeting of the Human Rights Committee on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on 9 March.