New U.S. plan for responsible business conduct takes baby steps toward digital rights
The U.S. “NAP” addresses human rights issues in the ICT sector, but it doesn’t go far enough.
Stakeholder engagement: Access’ comments to BSR paper
In September 2014, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) released a working paper on best practices for stakeholder engagement in human rights due diligence. This paper, focusing on challenges faced by ICT companies when trying to engage with rights holders, was jointly produced with the Center for Democracy and Technology and commissioned by Microsoft’s Technology and Human Rights Center.
ITU Plenipotentiary: Halftime Updates
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary conference is held once every four years, and we expected this year’s conference in Busan, Korea to be full of controversy. The Conference is now about halfway over and our expectations came true. Here’s a quick halftime report on the major happenings and topics of conversation.
Africa moves towards a common cyber security legal framework
Over June 20-27, the AU Heads of State will be meeting where they’re expected to adopt a new Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection. While Access and other partners criticized an earlier draft of the Convention, the rewritten draft has yet to be released to the public, even as it races closer to adoption.
Human Rights Day: Breaking with tradition, companies find opportunities in human rights
News broke last week that the US government is surveilling the location and movements of international cell phones, collecting 5 billion daily records of cellphone location data. An official confirmed the bulk collection of data through fiber optic cables in the US, saying intelligence agencies do not intentionally target cellphones in the United States.
WSIS+10: Taking stock and driving the global internet policy agenda forward
Last week, a review marking ten years since the UN World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) kicked off in Paris at UNESCO. WSIS was a pair of UN-sponsored conferences held in 2003 in Geneva and 2005 in Tunis, aimed at bridging the digital divide and generally advancing the global discussion about the internet and ICTs.
Roundup of Informal Experts Group’s final meeting
Roundup of the final meeting of the Information Experts Group for the World Telecommunications Policy Group, an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forum for discussing key policy issues in today’s telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT) environment.