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Human Rights Council to select a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

qui, 25/03/2021 - 18:33

As well as requirements such as commitment to the universal application of human rights, relevant experience, competence, independence and personal integrity, any individual considered for this mandate should also be well positioned to address the gendered dimensions of privacy.

Open letter on the interpretation of paragraph 93(a) of the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap on Digital Cooperation

qua, 24/03/2021 - 18:13

In the Roadmap on Digital Cooperation launched in 2020, the UN Secretary General proposes reforms to promote the strengthening of the Internet Governance Forum, so that it could become "more responsive and relevant to current digital issues."

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: A conversation with a pro-democracy activist in Myanmar

qua, 24/03/2021 - 12:28

EngageMedia spoke with Thinzar Shunlei Yi, a prominent pro-democracy activist in Myanmar, to find out more about how the military is using technology against protesters, and what kinds of support Myanmar civil society needs to continue their fight for democracy.

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SMEX: How can humanitarian organisations support crisis-affected communities online?

qua, 24/03/2021 - 12:05

In this #BreadandNet 2020 session, Sacha Robehmed from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) discusses the role of online platforms in connecting organisations to individuals, while maintaining online privacy and security.

Uganda's digital identification systems and processesn a protracted crisis: What can be done?

qua, 24/03/2021 - 11:26

This brief was informed by a systematic document review of published documents. These documents included the Registration of Persons Act 2015, the 1995 Constitution of Republic of Uganda, Parliamentary Reports, news articles, journals and other reports on digital identity system processes.

How telecom companies in Africa can respond better to internet disruptions

qua, 24/03/2021 - 10:59

Disruptions to the internet and social media applications have emerged as a common and growing trend of digital repression, especially in authoritarian countries in Africa. Since 2019, numerous countries in the region have either restricted or fully blocked access to the internet.

Designing with free/libre and open source software

qua, 24/03/2021 - 10:25

Free/libre and open-source software (FLOSS) offers us the possibility of escaping from an imposed “reality”: that we need to pay for access to certain proprietary software tools. Código Sur shares an overview of various FLOSS alternatives for different types of graphic design and layout work.

Feminist Digital Futures: What would feminist social media look like?

seg, 22/03/2021 - 18:47

In this podcast, APC’s Marwa Azelmat talks about the need to enable women and marginalised communities to use technology safely, and the value of looking at locally informed approaches to platform design and governance to make social media more equitable and accessible for all.

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Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19 and e-commerce

seg, 22/03/2021 - 11:53

The accelerated growth of e-commerce, especially e-shopping, has been one of the themes of COVID-19’ relationship with digital. What’s been happening, what’s the likely impact and, as always, who are likely to be winners and losers in this part of the digital ecosystem?

APC comments on the final report of the OEWG on cybersecurity

qui, 18/03/2021 - 13:18

After two years of negotiations, the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security has adopted its final report. Here, APC presents its positions on the most salient points of the report.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Boosting Asia-Pacific voices in West-dominated tech discourse

qua, 17/03/2021 - 16:41

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred on existing debates and developments on privacy, government surveillance and data monetisation. But what do all these mean for the Asia-Pacific, the region where most of the world’s population lives but whose voices are often overlooked in global tech discourse?

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Racism and Incitement Index 2020: The Increase in racism and incitement against Palestinians and Arabs during the pandemic

qua, 17/03/2021 - 13:46

The results of 7amleh's Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Networks during the year 2020 showed an increase in violent discourse towards Arabs by 16% over the year 2019, with 1 out of every 10 posts about Palestinians and Arabs in 2020 containing violent speech.

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India: Tech firms should uphold privacy, free speech

seg, 15/03/2021 - 17:52

The Indian government has taken various measures that violate free expression and privacy rights in response to growing international criticism of its handling of the farmers protests, targeting critics of the authorities and supporters of the protests.

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Inside the Digital Society: Digital and human ways of thinking

seg, 15/03/2021 - 09:59

What can AI do that humans can’t? What can humans do that AI can’t?

Community networks recognition: Local Networks initiative and projects from Tosepan and IBEBrasil nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2021

qui, 11/03/2021 - 19:05

The voting period is now open and will close on 31 March 2021. Find out how to vote and help us to support the global recognition of community networks initiatives.

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APC statement at the informal multistakeholder segment of the third session of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)

qua, 10/03/2021 - 17:39

APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this session. We appreciate Ambassador Lauber’s openness to civil society and the OEWG’s willingness to receive and consider comments by non-state actors.

 

 

Joint civil society feedback on first draft of the OEWG on ICTs report

qua, 10/03/2021 - 17:03

In this response to the first substantive draft of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG) report, APC and other civil society organisations provide general feedback, focusing on the “introductory remarks” and the “conclusions and recommendations” sections, and provide recommendations.

Predation or innovation?

qua, 10/03/2021 - 13:17

This piece is the second in a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long-term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

Inside the Digital Society:  Technological disruption and complex societies

seg, 08/03/2021 - 09:57

Technological disruption is complex. It shouldn’t just be understood as progress or as threat. There will be winners and losers from it.

PDAF 2021: Palestinian digital rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic

qua, 03/03/2021 - 12:39

7amleh - The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement has announced the opening of registration for the fifth edition of the Palestine Digital Activism Forum, which will take place online this year, between 29 March and April 1.

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