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FMA: #HijaAko and what the current data map on online gender-based violence in the Philippines is telling us

ter, 21/07/2020 - 12:26

Because of the pandemic, more people are staying home and enjoying the benefits of technology. Women, however, can have a different online experience as gender-based violence manifests in various ways in virtual spaces.

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DEF: Low-cost connectivity solutions fostering openness in times of COVID-19

ter, 21/07/2020 - 12:15

Because of the pandemic, India has been under lockdown since March. What does this mean for rural communities, only 20% of whom have access to the internet? Community networks established by organisations like Digital Empowerment Foundation are bringing critical services to 100 villages of India.

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#HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court

ter, 21/07/2020 - 11:20

The #HoldTheLine Coalition demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded.

Good news, bad news: A story of internet shutdowns in Togo and Ethiopia

seg, 20/07/2020 - 15:55

Last month the Economic Community of West African States Community Court of Justice ruled that the 2017 internet shutdown in Togo was illegal. But barely a week later, Ethiopia initiated a nationwide shutdown, serving as a reminder of the persistent threat of internet shutdowns on the continent. 

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Inside the Digital Society: Past, present, future. How comms have changed within my lifetime – and the lessons learned

seg, 20/07/2020 - 07:21

1955’s a long time back in many ways, but time’s flown fast for ICTs. Britain then, like everywhere, was a very analogue society. 

HRC44: Joint NGO full written end-of-session statement

sex, 17/07/2020 - 17:28

APC and other civil society organisations issued this joint statement at the conclusion of the 44th regular session of the Human Rights Council to welcome the advances made, express concern over continued rights violations, and put forward recommendations for future efforts by the Council.

Polish protests against abortion ban during COVID-19

qui, 16/07/2020 - 18:40

As a new bill which could restrict abortion even further was debated, Polish women found new ways to continue their protests for abortion rights, even in the face of lockdown measures caused by COVID-19.

Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives

qua, 15/07/2020 - 14:00

Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is one of the pillars in the community of Mankosi as well as one of the original Zenzeleni Mankosi Cooperative directors, and has been involved in the network through its multiple phases over the last seven years.

EngageMedia's Pretty Good Podcast: AI and its role in COVID-19 responses

qua, 15/07/2020 - 12:06

On the third episode of Pretty Good Podcast, ARTICLE 19 digital programme officer Vidushi Marda dissects the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the region’s response to COVID-19 and what the new applications of this technology mean for digital rights after the pandemic.

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Joint civil society statement: Structural intervention is required to mitigate the racially discriminatory impacts of emerging digital technologies including AI

qua, 15/07/2020 - 11:22

As widespread recent protests have highlighted, racial inequality remains an urgent and devastating issue around the world, and this is as true in the context of technology as it is everywhere else.

Joint statement for HRC44 virtual meeting of the Human Rights Council president with NGOs

ter, 14/07/2020 - 17:37

This joint statement by 20 non-governmental organisations, including APC, outlines the barriers to participation experienced by civil society during the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, and calls for measures to remedy these obstacles.

Inside the Digital Society: A different year for the Internet Governance Forum

ter, 14/07/2020 - 12:02

This week some thoughts on this year’s iteration of one of WSIS’ major outcomes, the Internet Governance Forum or IGF.

Tracking disinformation laws and policies in more than 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

seg, 13/07/2020 - 18:22

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the dissemination of vast amounts of information, both verified and unverified. Against this backdrop, civil society organisations recently launched the Disinformation Tracker, an interactive map to track disinformation laws and policies across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Open letter to request strong user privacy protections in the Philippines’ COVID-19 contact tracing efforts

seg, 13/07/2020 - 11:35

The Philippine government has launched an exposure notification application, StaySafe.ph, which aims to contain the pandemic in the country. While the effort is commendable, the importance of combating COVID-19 while protecting people’s individual freedoms cannot be emphasised enough.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over students' lack of internet access for online education

seg, 13/07/2020 - 10:57

Students are facing infrastructural challenges in attending online classes, which are mandatory. The unavailability of quality access to the internet is causing massive challenges for students who are solely dependent on online platforms for education during COVID-19.

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EngageMedia: Pride 2020 perseveres despite the pandemic and threats to freedom of expression online

qui, 09/07/2020 - 15:00

Amid physical and social distancing guidelines across the world, LGBTQI+ organisations faced roadblocks in fully celebrating this year’s Pride month in person. So this 2020, the organisers of Pride marches needed to explore new ways of expressing that unity fully – if not mainly – online.

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Imagining futures: Eliane Brum on the need to fight government-driven genocide of Brazil's indigenous people

qui, 09/07/2020 - 05:05

As part of the WOW Global 24 Festival, award-winning Brazilian journalist Eliane Brum gave a powerful account on the current situation in Brazil and what she describes as a "government-driven genocide of Brazil's indigenous people."

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Speaking of Hatred: Reflections on responses to hatred, hate speech and violence

qua, 08/07/2020 - 13:17

In the second session of “Speaking of Hatred: A three-part presentation on hatred, religion and gender in South and Southeast Asia", Dr. V. Geetha spoke about civil society resistance at various levels and through various approaches to counter hatred, hate speech and violence.

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Inside the Digital Society: WSIS+20 is closer than you think

seg, 06/07/2020 - 09:43

Twenty years ago, some of us old-timers were beginning to gear up for what became the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).