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New edition of Security in-a-Box: Challenges faced by women human rights defenders and sexual rights activists

Argentina

Tactical Tech, Frontline and APC are working on a new edition of Security in-a-Box, which will focus explicitly on the particular challenges faced by women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and, more importantly, ways in which these challenges can be overcome.

This new edition will include an

Nigeria and the UPR: Human rights on the internet

LAGOS

The final adoption of recommendations made to Nigeria at the Universal Periodic Review took place on the 20th of March 2014 (video available here). Nigeria, a member state of the UN, was previously reviewed at the 17th session of the UPR in October 2013.

Adoption of Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report: Implementing the recommendations: The challenges ahead

GENEVA

Friday, 21 March 2014
12h00 -14h00
Room XXIII Palais des Nations

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO), CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Forum Asia, World Organization Against Torture, the Association of Progressive Communications and “Asia Pacific Forum on Wom

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.

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.

Pakistan: Freedom of expression for civil liberties in conflict areas 2013

Islamabad

Freedom of expression (FoE) is essential for the personal development and dignity of every individual and is vital for the fulfillment of other human rights.

From zeroines to heroines: Transforming debate about eVAW in New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Lorde’s new album, “Heroine,” is taking young New Zealand women where they’ve never been before: to the front of the world stage. A leading New Zealand singer-songwriter and a self identified feminist, Lorde is just 17 years old and grew up in Auckland.

Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy

Bali, Indonesia

The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.

This was a key message coming out of the workshop hosted by APC’s CIPP and WRP, ‘Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress’.

HRC 24: Joint Statement by NGOs in the Republic of Korea on intelligence agencies’ internet surveillance

GENEVA

Jinbonet, APC member in South Korea, submitted a written statement to the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, together with other NGOs from South Korea.

Asia-Pacific IGF: Internet governance for human rights and democracy

SEOUL

Two APC members, Bytes for All, from Pakistan, and Jinbonet, from Korea, participated at this workshop from the last regional Internet Governance Forum held in Seoul earlier in September. Read more about the main issues raised: http://bestbits.net/2013-asia-pacific-regional-igf/

What is at stake? Working for pluralism in internet governance at the 6th LAC IGF

Winnipeg, Canada

Last week stakeholders from across Latin America and the Caribbean met in Cordoba for the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Although a multi-stakeholder forum, civil society was best represented, with only a handful of participants from the private sector and government.

LAC IGF pre event: Working on internet rights in Latin America

Argentina

Below is a presentation by APC’s Shawna Finnegan during a pre-event session leading up to the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting of the LAC Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Córdoba, Argentina on 26 August 2013.

“As the internet becomes ubiquitous, it is having a growing impact on the well-being of individuals aroun

Necessary and proportionate: Civil society agrees on principles on surveillance and human rights

Winnipeg

This week, in collaboration with more than 100 non-governmental and civil society groups from around the world, APC has signed on to support the launch of a set of international principles on communications surveillance and human rights.

More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO

For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.

Is cyberspace a safe space for women and girls?

Winnipeg, Canada

Today is #orangeday, a monthly campaign to raise global awareness on issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.

New research suggests that governments may fake SSL certificates

NEW YORK

This is a fragment of a blog post by Seth Schoen published on the EEF website

Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in

Understanding impact: an Internet Rights are Human Rights training curriculum from APC

Bogotá, Colombia

Increasingly the internet is being viewed in the context of a global public good – that access to information can be a liberator and equaliser.

While it is a space for people around the world to exercise their fundamental human rights and freedoms,

From Freedom to Inclusion: Narrowing the discourse on internet rights

Winnipeg, Canada

I recently read an interesting discussion on the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) mailing list, discussing the ways in which common terms, phrases, and figures of speech can have extremely diverse m

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