COVID-19

Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice?
Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice? 16 February 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for LocNet and GenderIT.org

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.

Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS
Inside the Digital Society: COVID-19, the Information Society and ways ahead from WSIS 25 January 2021 David Souter

This week’s blog, the first of 2021, is a keynote presentation to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)’s review of progress towards the Information Society since the World Summit (WSIS) of 2003/2005. It reviews last year and looks forward to recovery.

COVID-19 and the Right to Privacy: An analysis of South Korean experiences
COVID-19 and the Right to Privacy: An analysis of South Korean experiences 09 December 2020 Byoung-il Oh, Yeokyung Chang and SeonHwa Jeong

This new report jointly published by the Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet and the Institute for Digital Rights summarises digital rights violations during the response to COVID-19 in South Korea.

Citizen data and freedom: The fears of people living with HIV in India
Citizen data and freedom: The fears of people living with HIV in India 04 November 2020 Rosamma Thomas for GenderIT.org

India has the world's third-largest population with HIV, after South Africa and Nigeria. This report looked into the situation of people living HIV in India and how their plight was affected by the lockdown measures imposed as a means to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengthening community resilience and sustenance through digital intervention
Strengthening community resilience and sustenance through digital intervention 03 November 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

Shivkumari, an Internet Saathi from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, is currently producing 300 masks per day and supplying them to the local hospitals. At the time of writing, she had received an order for 16,000 masks from a government hospital, out of which she has delivered 2,500.

African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends
African civic tech and COVID-19: Five emerging trends 28 October 2020

Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa shares a brief on how the African civic tech community has created several innovations or adapted and repurposed existing resources to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tanzania tramples digital rights in fight against COVID-19 as elections loom
Tanzania tramples digital rights in fight against COVID-19 as elections loom 19 October 2020 CIPESA

Since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Tanzania in March, the government has been in the spotlight for its handling of the pandemic. It has denied its severity, suspended media houses, and criminalised COVID-19 related speech through enactment and enforcement of repressive regulations.

Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Joint civil society letter to the UN treaty bodies and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 12 October 2020 Various

A geographically representative group of 527 civil society organisations has called for the resumption of the state monitoring procedure of the international human rights treaty bodies, which have been postponed since March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya
The erosion of digital rights in the fight against COVID-19 in Kenya 29 September 2020 Victor Kapiyo for CIPESA

Kenya confirmed its first Covid-19 case on March 12, 2020, and as of August 26, 2020, the country had recorded at least 559 deaths, 32,803 confirmed cases, and 19,055 recoveries, with 429,513 persons tested. Even before the first case was confirmed in Kenya in February 2020, the government had moved to establish the National Emergency Response Committee on Covid-19 to coordinate its preparednes...

COVID-19 and the increase in domestic violence against women: APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
COVID-19 and the increase in domestic violence against women: APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences 30 June 2020 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

In this brief submission, APC identifies the nexus between domestic violence and online gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19, drawing on some issues to consider from country-led and regional case studies.

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