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EngageMedia: Problems in putting principles into practice: A critical view of AI ethics

ter, 18/08/2020 - 17:33

In Part 2 of our series exploring existing artificial intelligence ethics and their shortfalls, we find that ethical principles and guidelines currently in use have limited substance in their content and also a high possibility of being used mainly as window dressing while diverting us away from more structural solutions such as legal regulations.

Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19

ter, 18/08/2020 - 15:29

How does working online change and challenge gender dynamics at the workplace? Here we learn more through the experience of a barrister about how some of the changes brought about by COVID-19 could potentially be liberating and eventually change the workplace to make it better for women.

RightsCon 2020: OCF's response

ter, 18/08/2020 - 15:24

APC member organisation, the Open Culture Foundation, reflects upon their experience at RightsCon 2020, which this year took place online. 

Alternate realities, alternate internets: African feminist research for a feminist internet

ter, 18/08/2020 - 12:16

Discriminatory gendered practices are shaped by social, economic, cultural and political structures in the physical world and are similarly reproduced online across digital platforms. This report presents research into the online lived experiences of women in five countries across Africa.

Lebanon: APC calls for internet access restrictions to be lifted and for human rights online and offline be protected

sex, 14/08/2020 - 19:01

Temporary internet disruptions and shutdowns pose serious challenges to the exercise of a wide range of rights and cannot be justified under any pretext. We therefore call on the Lebanese authorities to lift all restrictions on internet access and restore telecommunications to full capacity.

Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (2)

sex, 14/08/2020 - 12:36

In the second part of their article, Loreto Bravo and Peter Bloom alert us to the dangers of a romanticization of technologies and develop a psychosocial and feminist approach as a tool to face the new wave of hyperconnectivity that is announced with 5G.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: Communications Privacy: Big Tech vs Open Source

sex, 14/08/2020 - 09:49

On this episode of Pretty Good Podcast, EngageMedia chats with Simon Harmon and Sam de Silva from the Loki Foundation, makers of private messaging app Session, on the benefits of and challenges to using secure tools for communications.

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Making a Feminist Internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa

qui, 13/08/2020 - 20:38

The MFI Africa convening was made up of multiple facets of connection and conversation between a participant group of African feminists, diverse in geographical origin and field of work. This report presents a perspective of those conversations, drawn from materials created throughout the meeting.

Community Networks Stories: Access is not enough – the need for locally relevant content and platforms to bridge the digital divide

qui, 13/08/2020 - 19:16

The Connecting the Unconnected catalytic interventions grant enabled the TunapandaNET community network to collaborate with Murambinda Works in Zimbabwe to address the “after access” challenges of locally relevant content and platforms.

"The forgotten constituency": Making a case for digital rights for prisoners in Zimbabwe during and beyond COVID-19

qui, 13/08/2020 - 12:59

In Zimbabwe, just like in many other parts of the world, prison is highly resented by society. This paper by David Makwerere tackles this largely unexplored subject on digital rights for prisoners.

Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur

qui, 13/08/2020 - 12:51

More than 45,000 people have registered to return to their home-state Manipur, and a large number of them are women nurses who faced discrimination and harassment while they were doing their jobs in mainland India. Returnees now face a precarious future regarding where they live, their jobs and their future.

Rudi International: How do we involve MPs in our digital rights work?

qui, 13/08/2020 - 12:31

APC member organisation Rudi International, based in the DRC, asks how civil society organisations can involve legislators and policy makers in digital rights advocacy. 

Collective statement to urge the government of Jammu and Kashmir to restore high speed internet

qui, 13/08/2020 - 12:30

The repeated instances of internet shutdowns and degradation of network services are causing immense harm to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We urge the government of the Union Territory and associate government authorities to restore high speed internet access in the region.

#IWantALetter: Take action to demand that Egyptian authorities provide information updates on their response to the pandemic in prisons

qua, 12/08/2020 - 14:36

Family members and lawyers have a right to communicate with their loved ones and clients at all times, but particularly during a pandemic. The public also has a right to information on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 inside prisons. These are the reasons behind the #IWantALetter campaign.

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Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (1)

qua, 12/08/2020 - 12:44

In the first half of this two-part article, Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom share a critique of the new networks that are emerging with the rushed transition to 5G, from a feminist and psychosocial perspective.

My sextortion birthday: Digital violence during COVID-19

qua, 12/08/2020 - 12:27

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

Open letter: Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justices are called upon to correct serious injustice and to protect press freedom and the rights to information and protest in the emblematic case of Alex da Silveira

qua, 12/08/2020 - 11:07

The case of photographer Alexandro Wagner Oliveira da Silveira, hit by a rubber bullet in his left eye during a protest in May 2000, is on the agenda at the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, to be tried on 14 August. It is seen as an emblematic episode of violence against journalists in Brazil.

EngageMedia: A critical view of AI ethics: Looking at the substance of ethical guidelines

ter, 11/08/2020 - 15:47

As technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) gain traction, the need to govern them also becomes increasingly urgent. In recent years, ethical AI has surfaced as the de facto pathway towards safer and better AI, often manifested in lists of guidelines and principles or codes of conduct.

FIFAfrica20 to be hosted by CIPESA in partnership with Paradigm Initiative

ter, 11/08/2020 - 14:42

On September 28-30, 2020, the seventh edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa will be co-hosted by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa and Paradigm Initiative. 

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AMC 2020 Session: Whose Internet? Our Internet!

qui, 06/08/2020 - 20:56

At the 2020 Allied Media Conference over 50 activists came together online to build a collective timeline documenting this relationship - the past, present and the future.

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