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APC at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

18 August 2014 (APCNews)

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) mobilises for the 9th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 31 August – 5 September 2014. Leading and participating in workshops, side events with partners, decision makers and stakeholders and prompting dialogue around internet rights, public access and digital privacy, APC will play a key role in influencing internet governance around the world. Watch this space for event highlights!

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APC leads global discussions at 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey

2 September 2014 (APCNews)

Since 2006, APC has been a key player in creating a space for civil society in internet policy making. The ninth Internet Governance Forum kicks off on 2 September in Istanbul, Turkey. For four days, people around the globe will discuss everything related to how the internet runs– from who makes decisions, what works, what doesn’t, and how things can be better. Read more about APC’s participation at IGF 2014 around four key areas.

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GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey

1 September 2014 (GISWatch for APCNews)

This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online. The assessment is based on the La Rue framework and focuses on internet regulation, internet access, blocking, surveillance, liability of internet intermediaries, criminalisation of legitimate expression, and cyber-attacks.

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Latin America at a glance: Human rights and the internet

30 August 2014 (ONG Derechos Digitales, APC and Joana Varon Ferraz for ONG Derechos Digitales)

This document summarizes the discussions in Latin America regarding human rights and the internet. Our intention is to increase the international community’s understanding of the region during the 2014 Internet Government Forum.

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Report on communications surveillance in the digital age to be launched in Turkey

MONTREAL 29 August 2014 (APCNews)

A ground breaking report on mass surveillance will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) reveals the complicity of both states and corporations in communications surveillance, with reviews on the state of surveillance in 57 countries and reports on key human rights, legal and technological issues at stake. Read more about GISWatch and the upcoming launch.

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New GenderIT.org edition on gender, sexuality and the internet

29 August 2014 (FF for GenderIT.org)

Most of the material featured in this edition draws on the debates that took place during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia, and takes them further. We proudly introduce the evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet drafted with the participation of many activists, and the first research outputs from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project” highlighted in the resources section.

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APC's priorities for the ninth Internet Governance Forum,Turkey, 2014

29 August 2014 (APC for APCNews)

The ninth annual IGF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2–5 September 2014. This year’s overall theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. Major developments in global internet governance have taken place since the 2013 IGF in Bali. In spite of a busy year, some of the most difficult issues have not been resolved. APC expects that IGF 2014 will be a place for discussion on these developments, and that this IGF will be more outcome oriented than any previous IGF. Read about APC’s priorities for IGF 2014, followed by a schedule of APC activities in Istanbul.

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Impacting global advocacy on tech-related violence against women through regional IGFs

28 August 2014 (FF and TB for APCNews)

Partners of the “End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project have participated in three regional internet governance forums (Africa IGF, Asia Pacific IGF, LAC IGF). APC interviewed our members who attended and the impact their participation had on tech-related violence against women.

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Remarks from APC on the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) Initial Scoping Meeting held in Geneva on 28 August 2014

JOHANNESBURG 28 August 2014 (Anriette Esterhuysen for APCNews)

By the time most members of civil society active in internet governance heard of the NETmundial Initiative (or Alliance as it as originally termed) it was already a fait accompli. Only a few carefully selected civil society have been given a chance to participate in internet governance’s next “great event”. APC was one of the organisations that received an invitation but as we are not attending the meeting we are sharing these remarks.

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#NotAnotherDay in Prison for Egyptian Activists

27 August 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the continued and arbitrary detention of Alaa Abd El Fattah and Sanaa Seif for violation of Egypt’s highly restrictive public assembly law. Today, APC sadly mourns the death of Alaa and Sanaa’s father and esteemed human rights defender and lawyer, Ahmad Seif al Islam. We call on the APC community to campaign for the release of Alaa, Sanaa and all unjustly detained activists.

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Research findings on tech-related violence against women released

26 August 2014 (FF for APCNews)

Between April 2013 and June 2014, APC carried out its multi-country research project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. This project explored the availability, adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women. Below are some preliminary findings from this research.

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Turkish, international activists share circumvention tactics at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

MONTREAL 20 August 2014 (MK for APCNews)

On the eve of the IGF in Istanbul, 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation host a dynamic, peer-learning event on censorship and circumvention, problems and solutions for internet rights.

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Lyon Declaration On Access to Information and Development launched

LYON 19 August 2014 (IFLA)

APC signs the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. Signed by more than 125 organisations, the declaration launched at the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France and aims to positively influence the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. “This is a great collective step forward. We have a lot of work ahead in the next 16 months to ensure access to information is recognised and included as an objective in the UN development agenda,” says APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen.

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Support for internet governance consensus-building at the Latin American IGF

18 August 2014 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews)

The seventh Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in San Salvador July 16-18, 2014, provided an opportunity for reflecting on and contributing to internet governance in the region. According to APC’s Dafne Sabanes Plou, this was one of the most participatory regional forums ever, riveting the audience’s attention during all its sessions. The author asks: was this a consequence of the interest raised by the NETmundial meeting held in Brazil in April?

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APC supports multiple dialogue spaces on internet rights, good governance

MONTREAL 15 August 2014 (MK for APCNews)

The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held from 2-5 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. A parallel event is being organised by Turkish and international civil society organisations called the “Internet Ungovernance Forum” (IUF) held from 4-5 September 2014.

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