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APC comments on the zero draft of the report of the UN Open-ended Working Group in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG)

ter, 02/03/2021 - 06:10

APC welcomes this opportunity to address comments to the zero draft of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) report.

Human rights online in Africa: New study explores technologies, tactics and techniques used to close digital space in 10 African countries

seg, 01/03/2021 - 13:45

The African Digital Rights Network has published the first study to compare the digital rights landscapes of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Cameroon.

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How helpful are helpline numbers?

seg, 01/03/2021 - 12:42

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in gender-based violence in India. Helplines and digital tools have been used to reach out to survivors, given the absence of physical services. But women who can't use phones, email or social media are most likely to be entirely excluded from these systems.

Inside the Digital Society: Where should we put our data?

seg, 01/03/2021 - 12:12

Last week I wrote about digitalisation and geopolitics. This week, a closer look at one aspect of that: the tussle between global data management and national sovereignty.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 33

qui, 25/02/2021 - 12:31

Welcome to the 33rd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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Disinformation and freedom of expression: Submission in response to the call by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

qui, 25/02/2021 - 12:28

APC welcomes the call of the Special Rapporteur to reflect on the impacts of disinformation on the issues pertaining to her mandate and appreciates the opportunity to provide input for the annual thematic report to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 47th session in June 2021.

Gender approaches to cybersecurity: Design, defence and response

qui, 25/02/2021 - 10:32

"Gender Approaches to Cybersecurity" explores how gender norms shape specific activities pertaining to cybersecurity design, defence and response. In each of these three pillars, the research identifies distinct dimensions of cyber-related activities that have gendered implications and, thus, need to be considered from a gender perspective.

Let’s talk cyber: Towards multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity

qua, 24/02/2021 - 12:54

The informal multistakeholder virtual dialogue session taking place 25 February will create opportunities for dialogue between states and other stakeholders on the issues addressed by the UN General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs (OEWG).

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The impact of COVID-19 on digital rights in Africa

ter, 23/02/2021 - 11:58

This publication is a compilation of 19 articles by African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on digital rights in Africa.

Inside the Digital Society: Digital geopolitics

seg, 22/02/2021 - 09:20

And what do we think the internet is made from, anyway? It is technology or is it people? Is it data moving through the ether (between bits of kit and data centres) or is it those who generate and use the data?

Using the internet during a pandemic: is it a choice?

ter, 16/02/2021 - 08:58

Brindaalakshmi. K shares her experience of working with community networks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and the importance of independent community networks as a support mechanism for gender and sexual minorities.

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Inside an African community network

sex, 12/02/2021 - 15:11

The fifth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa takes a deep dive inside the operations of an African community network.

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Statement by Myanmar human rights organisations on Myanmar coup

seg, 08/02/2021 - 14:05

The undersigned organisations call on the military to immediately respect the election results, return power to the elected parliament and government, unconditionally release all those detained, refrain from all acts of violence, and restore and maintain full internet connectivity.

Inside the Digital Society: It’s the digital SOCIETY…

seg, 08/02/2021 - 07:54

When people talk about the digital society, what’s their priority?

Landmark ruling in Mexico allows communities to provide service in areas that the telecoms market does not reach

ter, 02/02/2021 - 20:06

Organisations that help communities build and manage their own low-cost, open-source communications infrastructure are celebrating a landmark victory: exemption from radio spectrum fees.

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Open Letter to Facebook and Google on equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms

seg, 01/02/2021 - 20:31

APC and a coalition of over 60 other organisations are calling on Facebook and Google to provide equal and better transparency regarding political advertising on their platforms globally. Online transparency should not be a privilege of the few, but the right of all.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - 32

sex, 29/01/2021 - 17:44

Welcome to the 32sd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

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APC Annual Report 1900–1100 BC

sex, 29/01/2021 - 09:09

APC welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild’s appointment as the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Technology

seg, 25/01/2021 - 18:22

APC congratulates and welcomes Fabrizio Hochschild to his new role as United Nations Envoy on Technology. APC sees the Tech Envoy role as crucial to promoting improved coordination and synergy among different spaces and processes concerning internet governance and global digital cooperation.

To protect privacy in the digital age, world governments can and must do more

seg, 25/01/2021 - 16:22

A new resolution on privacy in the digital age adopted at the UN General Assembly reaffirms the fundamental importance of the right to privacy and renews international commitment to ending all abuses and violations of this vital right worldwide.