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May 4, 2021

Register for the RightsCon Online Summit by May 14

AccessNow has opened registration for the 2021 RightsCon Online summit! To celebrate the tenth annual RightsCon summit on June 7-11, AccessNow has created over 500 sessions with leading experts to discuss the most urgent and evolving issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. Make sure to register before May 14, and don’t miss […]

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May 4, 2021

Call for Applications to the ICNL/Stanford Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) invite civil society activists interested in learning more about digital security’s impact on civic space to apply for a Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders program. This five-week online program will allow 25 selected participants to discuss the following topics: The […]

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May 4, 2021

Call for Applications for the Young Political Leadership School of Africa (YPLSA) Cohort 8 Program

The Young Political Leadership School of Africa (YPLSA) program is now open for applications! The YPSLA’s Cohort 8 provides African emerging leaders (ages 18-33) with theoretical and interactive exercises to further develop their leadership skills and build their political knowledge. The program includes a one-week professional development training, a 3-month practicum in leadership and civic […]

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May 4, 2021

Governments in East and Horn of Africa Use the COVID-19 Pandemic to “Steer Abusive Political Agendas” says DefendDefenders Biannual Report

DefendDefenders recently published its biannual report on the status of human rights and freedoms in countries within the East and Horn of Africa region to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). In addition to reviewing the most pressing human rights issues and attacks on freedoms, the report also provided the ACHPR with […]

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May 4, 2021

Directorio Legislativo and the Open Parliament e-Network’s Report on Fostering Transparency

Directorio Legislativo and other members of the Open Parliament e-Network (OPeN) have published a report on early findings and conclusions from in its Open Government Partnership Multi-Donor Trust Fund (OGP MDTF) project in Mexico, Tunisia, and Kyrgyzstan to be used as a tool by open governance practitioners. This report serves as a tool for both government […]

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April 15, 2021

A New Music Video Urges Nigeria’s Marginalized Communities to Take Part in Politics

Accountability Lab Nigeria and Yiaga Africa partnered with Nigerian musical artist Nanya Ijeh to produce a new single and music video that calls Nigerian youth, women, and other minorities to participate in the country’s governance and politics. “Young, Bold, and Free” is part of the Voice Inclusion Project, which is “aimed at making women and marginalized individuals stronger citizens by equipping them with […]

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April 15, 2021

AccessNow Reports on the Impact of the WhatsApp Hack Against Human Rights Activists

In a new piece from AccessNow, the victims of the NSO Group’s WhatsApp hack have come forward with their stories to highlight how their governments’ use of the group’s spyware infringed on their human rights and the consequences they’ve endured due to the surveillance. The targeted civil society activists shared how, with Citizen Lab’s help, they learned their devices were infected […]

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April 15, 2021

CIPE and FEDN’s Event on Economic Informality

The Center for Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN) held a joint virtual event, “Economic Informality – Crisis, Recovery, and Collective Action,” on April 6 to discuss the informal economic sector, in which enterprises operate while not being licensed, taxed, or regulated, and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The discussion, […]

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April 15, 2021

Call for Input to FATF Project on Unintended Consequences of FATF Standards

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, is calling for input from civil society for its project that focuses on the unintended consequences caused by the incorrect implementation of FATF Standards. The project focuses on the following four areas: De-risking, or the loss or limitation of access to financial services […]

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April 15, 2021

New Product Offering from Cloudflare’s Project Galileo

Through its Project Galileo, the tech company Cloudflare expands free digital security services to human rights and pro-democracy organizations. Its suite of services has now expanded to include Super Bot Fight Mode. Allowing an organization to defend against bot attacks meant to shut down its website, this product is designed to easily allow an organization to […]

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