Civic Space and Content Governance

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Civic Space
and Content Governance

A significant part of today’s civic space is online, where individuals and groups express themselves, access information and engage with one another. How do human rights standards apply to State regulation of the online space and online content? What responsibilities do companies have to ensure that / in ensuring their platforms and their content moderation do not interfere with rights guaranteed under international law? How should States and companies approach hate speech, incitement, and disinformation online?

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Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide

Working Group

Girls' and young women's activism

Report of the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance, Security -Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Human Rights Council

Protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests during crisis situations

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance

Human Rights Council

Safety of Journalists

Report presented at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council that examines the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by States regarding the safety and work of journalists and media workers, and describes trends and good practices, including from a gender perspective.

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; SDGs and Digital Divide,

General Assembly

Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material, Mama Fatima Singhateh

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide; Business and Private Sector; Security - Counter-Terrorism

Human Rights Council

Internet shutdowns: trends, causes, legal implications and impacts on a range of human rights

Report presented at the 50th session of HRC that provides an overview of trends in Internet shutdowns. It contains an analysis of their causes and the legal implications and the impact on human rights thereof, the roles of companies, the existing efforts to promote Internet connectivity and provide development aid, and the relevance of such efforts for detecting, preventing and responding to shutdowns, as well as a set of recommended measures for ending shutdowns and minimizing their impact.

2022

SDGs and Digital Divide; Civic Space and Content Governance

Special Rapporteurs

Disinformation and the right to science

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Marcos Orellana, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council

2021

Civic Space and Content Governance; Discrimination and Equality; SDGs and Digital Divide

Human Rights Council

Impact of the COVID-10 pandemic on the realization of the equal enjoyment of the right to education by every girl

Report presented at the 50th session of Human Rights Council

2022

Civic Space and Content Governance; Privacy, Data and Surveillance; Security - Counter-Terrorism; Business and Private Sector

Special Rapporteurs

Reinforcing media freedom and the safety of journalists in the digital age

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan

2022

SDGs and Digital Divide; Civic Space and Content Governance

Special Rapporteurs

Disinformation and the right to science

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Marcos Orellana, presented to the 48th session of the Human Rights Council

2021