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Inside the Digital Society: Privacy and the digital revolution

seg, 04/05/2020 - 09:33

The digital revolution has a complex relationship with privacy, and it's become especially relevant as a result of the coronavirus crisis. 

#FreeAlaa: Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention

qui, 30/04/2020 - 17:41

In this joint statement, APC and other civil society organisations, lawyers, journalists and activists call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alaa Abdel Fattah, our courageous friend, human rights activist and blogger.

KICTANet proposals to the Kenyan judiciary on the use of video conferencing in judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic

qui, 30/04/2020 - 13:27

In response to the rapid adoption of video conferencing technologies for court proceedings, KICTANet has submitted a series of recommendations to the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya to deal with the challenges involved in moving open court procedures to virtual sessions.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What are the local and global benefits offered by community networks?

qui, 30/04/2020 - 10:40

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 look at the wide range of benefits these networks offer.

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Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh audit of attacks on the media during the 30 days of lockdown

qua, 29/04/2020 - 21:03

The Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh, of which APC member VOICE is part, expresses deep concern over the series of attacks on journalists during the 30 days of countrywide lockdown imposed by the government for containment of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Egyptian Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike to protest conditions in prison amid pandemic

ter, 28/04/2020 - 18:03

Renowned Egyptian blogger and political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fattah started a hunger strike on 30 March in Cairo’s Tora maximum security prison to protest the dire conditions in Egypt’s jails and the ban on family visits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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#BebaskanRavio: Free Ravio Patra and reveal the WhatsApp hackers

ter, 28/04/2020 - 15:36

On April 22,  researcher and government critic Ravio Patra was arrested in Jakarta, Indonesia, not long after an attempt to protect his safety due to a WhatsApp privacy breach, prompting a larger discussion on the scale of authoritarian oppression in Indonesia. 

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Coconet presents Digital Hygiene 101: How to practice digital safety and security

ter, 28/04/2020 - 15:11

The COVID-19 pandemic is no longer just a global health crisis but one with widespread implications across all sectors of society. We always hear daily reminders on how to practice proper physical hygiene. But beyond your personal hygiene, have you thought about your “digital hygiene”?

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WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation

ter, 28/04/2020 - 14:54

The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) warns of the proliferation of COVID-19-related fake news on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as other ways in which misinformation is spread in rural areas.

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eQualitie: Deflect extends free website security services in response to COVID-19

seg, 27/04/2020 - 20:20

In response and solidarity with numerous efforts that have sprung up to help with communications, coordination and outreach during the COVID-19 epidemic, Deflect is offering free website security and content delivery services for six months to organizations and individuals working to help others during this difficult time.

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Coconet: To fight COVID-19 in Myanmar, stop the war and internet shutdown in Arakan

seg, 27/04/2020 - 17:26

The internet is the primary source of information on the global COVID-19 pandemic. But Arakan in western Myanmar is currently experiencing the longest-running internet shutdown in the world, and the lack of access to information could put an already vulnerable population in a dangerous situation. 

MMfD: New draft of data protection law will create a dangerous precedent

seg, 27/04/2020 - 14:21

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is concerned about the insertion of draconian and anti-democratic sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 that has been made public by the Pakistani Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. 

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#KeepItOn: Open letter to the government of India on lifting internet restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic

seg, 27/04/2020 - 13:54

APC joined the #KeepItOn coalition and 41 international rights groups from around the world in an open letter urgently calling on the government of India to restore access to 4G high-speed internet access as a first step towards the containment of the COVID-19 virus and related health needs.

7amleh: Are YouTube’s policies biased against Palestinians?

seg, 27/04/2020 - 11:53

7amleh: The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media released new research about YouTube’s violations of Palestinian digital rights. This research is part of a series that focuses on violations of Palestinian digital rights and digital discrimination against Palestinians by international technology companies.

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Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G?

seg, 27/04/2020 - 09:02

In terms of the expansion of 5G technology, there are big public policy implications , which are about national resources as well as digital investment. 

APC's Women's Rights Programme: An open letter to friends and partners

qui, 23/04/2020 - 13:29

The world is suddenly and radically changed, but it is not the radical change we had hoped for. Here we share what we believe is important for us to continue working towards a feminist internet as a part of our collective and hopeful futures.

Metaphors on artificial intelligence help us think through threats to human rights

qui, 23/04/2020 - 12:54

AI is receiving unprecedented global attention, but what are its human rights and social justice implications? APC collaborated with Indonesian illustrator Ellena Ekarahendy to produce a set of visual representations of outstanding metaphors in 2019 GISWatch report on AI and human rights.

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Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Institutional models adopted by community networks

qui, 23/04/2020 - 10:32

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 look at the different institutional models of the networks studied.

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African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms: Call for articles

qua, 22/04/2020 - 21:32

We invite African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists to submit a synopsis of an in-depth piece that explores national and/or regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and their impact on human rights online. The call is open until 29 April.

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Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research

qua, 22/04/2020 - 13:49

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.