Internet governance

Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body
Joint statement calls for allocation of sufficient resources for UN’s principal human rights body 23 January 2020 Various

Joint statement by organisations urging United Nations Secretary-General to ensure the allocation of sufficient resources for the UN’s principal human rights body to be able to function effectively, so that it can continue to promote and protect human rights across the globe.

APC's reflections on the 2019 IGF and suggestions for 2020
APC's reflections on the 2019 IGF and suggestions for 2020 15 January 2020 APC

This document summarises APC's reflections on the 2019 IGF in terms of what worked well and what did not work so well, in the areas of content, agenda and sessions; logistics; and inclusion, diversity and safety. It further offers recommendations for the 2020 IGF in those same areas.

Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF
Exploring the human rights dimensions of artificial intelligence and online content moderation at the IGF 10 January 2020 Miru Lee

First-time IGF participant Miru Lee of the Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet shares her reflections on the discussions around two topics of particular interest to her: the human rights impacts of AI, and the complexities of content regulation in the online space.

The IGF, AI and the unfolding debate of the future
The IGF, AI and the unfolding debate of the future 09 January 2020 Y. Z. Ya'u

One of the most contentious topics at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was artificial intelligence (AI). With its seeming apolitical nature, it is in reality the Trojan horse of political interest, and it took centre stage right from the beginning of the Forum.

GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront
GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum: Artificial intelligence and human rights at the forefront 19 December 2019 APCNews

The answers, where they exist, on how to build people-centred AI that puts human rights first are certainly complex and often raise further questions. The launch of GISWatch at IGF touched on some of these key issues and it was a special opportunity to gather so many researchers and activists to explore paths for moving forward.

IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa
IGF 2019: Strengthening internet governance in Africa 12 December 2019 Avis Momeni

Avis Momeni of PROTEGE QV, an APC member organisation in Cameroon, shares his reflections on the African Union Open Forum held at the 2019 Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, which he attended with the support of the APC Member Exchange and Travel Fund.

Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters?
Criminal justice and digital evidence: What are the parameters? 11 December 2019 Dorothy Mukasa

Dorothy Mukasa of Unwanted Witness, Uganda, presents an overview of the workshop on “Solutions for law enforcement to access data across borders” at the 14th Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, which she attended with the support of the APC Member Exchange and Travel Fund (METF).

Anriette Esterhuysen, new chair of IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, will strive to ensure the global South is part of the conversation
Anriette Esterhuysen, new chair of IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, will strive to ensure the global South is part of the conversation 05 December 2019

An announcement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the opening of the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin made particularly big waves in the APC community: his appointment of Anriette Esterhuysen as the new chair of the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).

Inside the Digital Society: Where next for the IGF?
Inside the Digital Society: Where next for the IGF? 02 December 2019 David Souter

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) met last week, for the fourteenth time. I’m one of the few, I suspect, that has been to every one. Some background – because not everyone knows about the IGF. Some comments on its progress. And some challenges for Anriette Esterhuysen, who has just been appointed by the UN Secretary General to chair the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Gro...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

While pointing to the positive use of AI to enable rights in ways that were not easily possible before, this edition of GISWatch highlights the real threats that we need to pay attention to if we are going to build an AI-embedded future that enables human dignity.

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