PeduliLindungi: To care for and protect? 04 August 2022 By Siti Rochmah Desyana

In Indonesia, the PeduliLindungi app has become synonymous with the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet it poses an unprecedented threat while leaving citizens with little recourse to protect their data. This article is part of the "Pandemic of Control" series by EngageMedia and Commo...

EngageMedia: Introducing the "Pandemic of Control" series 04 August 2022 By Andrew Lowenthal

EngageMedia and CommonEdge invited writers, researchers and changemakers to respond to the growing digital authoritarianism – accelerated by COVID-19 – in the Asia-Pacific. The result is a 10-part series featuring insights from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia.

OEWG: APC emphasises key role played by civil society in cybersecurity capacity building

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OEWG: APC emphasises key role played by civil society in cybersecurity capacity building

APC's statement at the OEWG dedicated stakeholder session also notes that it is encouraging to see the inclusion of language connected with narrowing the digital divide and a growing number of states calling for a gender-sensitive approach to international cybersecurity.

OEWG third substantive session: Key messages from the Association for Progressive Communications

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OEWG third substantive session: Key messages from the Association for Progressive Communications

In this submission to the third substantive session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on the security of, and in the use of, information and communications technologies (OEWG), APC addresses some of the recommended next steps outlined in the draft progress report.

OEWG: APC stresses importance of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to cybersecurity

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OEWG: APC stresses importance of a human rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to cybersecurity

These APC priorities were reiterated in a statement delivered at the informal dialogue with the Chair of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security (OEWG) 2021-2025.

HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council

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HRC 50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council

 APC and other civil society organisations from around the world share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations.

At the interstice of digital rights and environmental justice: Four issue briefs to inform funding

Issue briefs

At the interstice of digital rights and environmental justice: Four issue briefs to inform funding

These issue briefs highlight potential priority areas for funding that would bring the work of digital rights organisations and environmental justice actors closer together, based on the need for the two groups to work more collaboratively given the global environmental and climate emergency.

Hold the Line Coalition demands immediate decriminalisation of libel in the Philippines as Maria Ressa faces extended jail sentence

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Hold the Line Coalition demands immediate decriminalisation of libel in the Philippines as Maria Ressa faces extended jail sentence

APC and other members of the Hold the Line Coalition condemn the Philippine Court of Appeals decision to uphold the conviction of Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher Rey Santos Jr. on trumped-up charges of cyber libel.

Civil society calls on Indian government to withdraw amendments to IT Rules

Joint submission

Civil society calls on Indian government to withdraw amendments to IT Rules

In this submission, APC and other civil society groups call on the Indian Ministry of Electronics and IT to withdraw the amendments recently proposed to the country's IT Rules and to commence a process of consultation on the proposed amendments.

Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately

Joint statement

Shutdown order against Rappler must be revoked immediately

APC and other members of the Hold the Line Coalition condemn the shutdown order against Maria Ressa's Rappler media group, approved by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

Policy explainers

Academia and digital activism: Ibase, APC, RNP and Tadao Takahashi 03 August 2022 Carlos Afonso

This article by APC founder Carlos Afonso, now the director of Brazilian APC member Nupef, is both a tribute to recently deceased Brazilian internet pioneer Tadao Takahashi and a fascinating glimpse into some key chapters in the early history (and prehistory) of APC.

A case for community networks 01 August 2022 Shafali Jain

Internet user growth is slowing and varied attempts to address the problem of access – through traditional telecom models, private sector initiatives, state-led measures, philanthropy – have met with limited success. We must rethink how networks are built, owned, operated and utilised, and empowering local communities is key to this.

An indignant and idealistic young radio jockey in India empowers herself and others through community radio 27 July 2022 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Saisudha Sugavanam

Discover what the story of 28-year-old Shibani tells us about the women weaving connections and finding self-expression through community radio stations in India.

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