New Report: What’s sex got to do with it? Mapping the impact of questions of gender and sexuality on the evolution of the digital rights landscape in India

Today, we are excited to publish “What’s sex got to do with it? Mapping the impact of questions of gender and sexuality on the evolution of the digital rights landscape in India,” a new report from the India Democracy Project. The report is the first of the CYRILLA funded Applied Research and Advocacy Grants, launched […]

Jurisprudence Shaping Digital Rights in South Asia

Jurisprudence developed by courts are central to the understanding, application and implementation of laws. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have irreversibly impacted every walk of personal and public life, including how courts function and deliberate on rights. Given the number of ICT specific laws and policies that have developed, in some cases hastily, over the […]

The Africa ICT Policy Manual

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology at Strathmore Law School (CIPIT), the Sub Saharan Africa partner for the CYRILLA Collaborative, recently published “The Africa ICT Policy Manual.” Central to CYRILLA is its digital rights database, which enables users to access digital rights legislation, cases, and analyses concerning human rights in digitally-networked spaces. This […]

Unshackling Expression: A study on criminalisation of freedom of expression online in Nepal

Unshackling Expression: A study on criminalisation of freedom of expression online in Nepal, developed by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) with the support of the CYRILLA Initiative, is a study in continuation of the 2017 report Unshackling Expression: A study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia. This report was prepared by Body & Data, an APC member organisation […]

Unshackling Expression: A study on online freedom of expression in Indonesia

Is Indonesia slipping back in terms of promoting freedom of expression online? Does the country have laws in place to protect its citizens’ right to free speech and expression? Are these laws being implemented in a way that promotes human rights or are the same laws being used to curtail freedom and self-expression? These are […]

Dialling in the Law: Legal Analysis of Internet Shutdowns Across the Global South

State-mandated internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent as governments use these to quell dissent and silence critics. Can citizens push back against these shutdowns by taking their own states to court? Do countries in the Global South have a legal framework to address and counter internet shutdowns? “Dialling in the Law: A Comparative Assessment of […]

Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report

The Foundation for Media Alternatives, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications and the CYRILLA Collaborative, is proud to share, “Unshackling Expression: The Philippines Report.” Developed by the Foundation for Media Alternatives, an organisation that assists civil society in the use of ICTs for empowerment, the report looks at government restrictions through laws and […]

Don’t @ Me, @ My Lawyer: The Rappler Case

Don’t @ Me, @ My Lawyer is where we dive into the legal nuances of the latest digital rights stories. Press freedom in the Philippines was put on trial in the case of Maria Ressa, executive editor and CEO of investigative news website, Rappler. Ressa and former Rappler writer, Reynaldo Santos Jr., were convicted of cyberlibel […]

#DigitalLawsAsia

On Monday, former CNN journalist, Maria Ressa, was convicted of “cyber libel” by a court in the Philippines. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler – a news website that has frequently investigated and critically reported on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has referred to the site as “fake news”. The conviction has […]

Monthly Roundup: April 2020

With restrictions on movements and gatherings, much of the world has been using technology to work and learn (and watch Netflix) from home during the last month. Governments have also been deploying digital tools in their responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for this monthly roundup, we take a look at some of those that […]