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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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...
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.