APC-IMPACT: Advancing Internet Freedoms Freedom of expression. Freedom of information. Freedom of assembly and association. These are rights guaranteed and protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a 2012 landmark resolution, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed that these very rights must also be protected online.
Yet, despite guarantees, people around the world are unable to fully exercise such rights. In many cases, it is the government, whose duty it is to foster an environment where freedoms can thrive, that curtails these freedoms.
The APC-IMPACT (India, Malaysia, Pakistan Advocacy for Change through Technology) is one project that aims to address restrictions on the internet by promoting and protecting internet rights.
A joint initiative of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and its members and partners – Digital Empowerment Foundation (India), EMPOWER (Malaysia) and Bytes for All (Pakistan) – the project will work specifically to advance freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom of assembly and association as enabler of human rights and democratization.
Through awareness-raising and capacity-building, APC-IMPACT will reach out to human rights defenders – activists, national rights institutes, media rights advocates, judiciary, legal sector, women’s groups – and civil society in general, and provide them with knowledge, tools and networks so that violations can be monitored, reported and addressed.
It will also train rights activists, often at risk as many of them do not use the internet securely, to communicate safely online.
This project hopes to fill the gaps between traditional human rights discussions and internet policy discussions by fostering dialogues among the government, private sector, and civil society to advance internet freedoms.
The three project partners will work with national stakeholders, including organizations and individuals from civil society, the media, policy makers, regulators, internet service providers, lawyers and members of the judiciary, and regional and global rights mechanisms such as UN Special Mandate holders and international human rights and internet rights groups to make sure that internet freedoms are recognized and upheld.
The ultimate impact of this project will be on the ordinary citizens of India, Malaysia and Pakistan who will be able to associate freely, express their views and concerns on the internet, and improve their lives through access to information on the internet.
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