APC launches new interactive platform for the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

Engage with the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms was developed to broaden the view of civil and political rights to include internet-related issues that are important for developing country actors. Those for whom the Internet is a vital platform for expression and participation, including women’s rights activists and people of diverse sexualities and gender identities, will see their issues reflected in the Declaration.

Now, APC has launched a new interactive platform – Engage.AfricanInternetRights.org – that offers new ways to engage with the Declaration and show what internet rights in Africa mean in action. Visitors can share research, resources, case studies and multimedia content that is related to the principles of the Declaration.

Who should use the platform?

Human rights defenders, journalists, policy makers. Anyone interested in internet rights, particularly in the African continent can view the Declaration and supplementary content related to each principle. Visitors can also add their research, publications, events, videos, images and more, which is categorised by principles in the Declaration.

Some background to the platform

The new interactive platform is part of APC’s project Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

APC, as part of the Declaration Secretariat, plays a lead role in building awareness and support for the Declaration. It has two goals: to make African rights groups and media practitioners aware of how important protecting rights on the internet is to their work and to achieve greater respect for human rights on the internet at all levels. It aims to achieve this particularly among governments, parliamentarians and intergovernmental bodies by holding them accountable to upholding rights, to which they have already agreed.

For more information on APC’s work on the Declaration, see also a  call for contributions on the internet and human rights in Africa