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Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

India

*If we accept that nothing is wrong with sexual arousal, what is wrong in reading a text or watching a cartoon, online porn, or using a powder to create sexual arousal?*

This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women are vulnerable online, but also speaking up on the internet

NY

During the last Internet Governance Forum, which took place in October in Bali, Indonesia, Analía Lavin from APCNews talked to Aida Mahmutović, from APC member Owpsee in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Owpsee is one of the national partners of APC’s project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”.

Bridging the gap between online and offline activism

India

Online activism needs to work in tandem with a bigger, offline campaign and complement offline action in order to achieve an impact.

This is the third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013.

Facebook blocks human rights website in Pakistan

NEW YORK

Bytes For All, APC member based in Pakistan, has been denouncing for months an agreement between Facebook and its government, whereby the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority suggests which pages pages the social network should make unavailable for users in the country.

Technology based violence against women research meeting and Internet Governance Forum in Bali

The technology-related violence on women research meeting took place in Bali, Indonesia from 19th to 21st October 2013.

Take Back the Tech: State surveillance violates our human rights, weakens democracy and the rule of law

This post is part of the Take Back The Tech campaign: Day 13 – State Surveillance

How do you define security? Can it be weighed against the right to privacy? What other fundamental human rights are at stake when privacy is violated, and which communities are most at risk?

APC members from the Asia-Pacific region met face to face

Bangkok

On November 20, nine APC members met to strengthen the APC network in the region.

The meeting was held just before the Regional Consultation on Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties held on 21-23 November with UN Special Rapporteur Frank LaRue.

Take Back the Tech! 2013 campaign imagery rocking globally

Build the campaign with your thoughts, ideas, words and imagination. Create and share digital postcards. Find out more about the reality of violence against women by watching digital stories. Blog with us. Upload and share video and audio clips. Create your own Take Back The Tech! campaign.

Some unfortunate aspects of social media in Pakistan

Pakistan

With increased internet penetration in Pakistan, the youth of the country has taken enthusiastically to connecting and socializing via social media networks. It has allowed expression and surfacing of youth voices like never before. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Thumblr, Blogsphere etc.

Demand an end to mass Surveillance: Support the people’s principles

SAN FRANCISCO

In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by world governments knows no bounds. Their national intelligence and other investigative agencies can capture our phone calls, track our location, peer into our address books, and read our emails. They do this often in secret, without adequate public oversight, and in violation of our human rights.

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