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A human rights defender: talking about international support

Cairo

Who is a human rights defender? Who is a woman human rights defender? Is he the one with the fancy camera and tweeting for his thousands of followers? Is she the one with the cute face and a good English accent? Who are the ones ‘we’ consider worth our admiration, and more importantly now it seems, worthy of support, coverage and highlighting from international organizations and media?

Google dominance and the power of framing

Winnipeg, Canada

Last week the US Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its 19 month investigation into Google, concluding that the company had not violated antitrust laws in the algorithms used to arrange its web search results.

Media anchoring positive protests against sexual assault in India

New Delhi, India

Protests in New Delhi, December 22nd and 23rd, 2012Protests in New Delhi, December 22nd and 23rd, 2012Slogans like ‘Don’t stop your daughter from going out.

APC and the UPR: 2012 in review

Winnipeg, Canada

On December 10th, the UN celebrated International Human Rights Day, highlighting “the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be in

Hey cats: what’s up with digital rights in the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Auckland

Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hosted a Digital Rights Camp in Auckland, new Zealand in a prelude to the TPP negotiations this week. With participants from more than 8 of the countries involved in the TPP negotiations, the meeting was roaring success. Not only that.

Internet Governance and Africa

Grahamstown

Nigerian freelance journalist Emeka Umejei already reported on African internet governance during last September’s Highway Africa (HA) http://www.americandailyherald.com/world-news/africa/item/africa-s-place.... Since then, we’re being confronted with internet governance issues at the current ITU-organised World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.

Internet Freedom and Journalism

Grahamstown

Highway Africa may seem far away, but the media and ICT conference comes back haunting, as the World is watching the contentious ITU discussions unfolding in Dubai.

WCIT and Africa

Grahamstown

The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force.

Human rights at the IGF: revealing abuse and framing discourse

Winnipeg

“Autocracy 2.0 hides behind formal online freedom to identify and monitor critical voices which are then silenced in the offline world.”

—Valentina Pellizzer, 2012 IGF Closing Ceremonies

“Discussions about the internet

Where is South Asian participation @IGF2012?

New Delhi, India

Think-tanks, technologist, policy advocators, government stakeholders, civil society groups, human rights evangelist and individuals across all sectors of internet arena joined, collaborated and participated together to discuss, debate and express their views collaboratively at the international forum, 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held last week at Baku, Azerbaijan from 6-9 November, 2012.

Policing expression online: hate speech, internet culture and online security

Winnipeg, Canada

What are the consequences of blocking access to hateful content? What role do individual internet users play in perpetuating discrimination online?

Although online hate speech has been a growing concern for many years, recent cases have demonstrated the complexity of this issue, and its impact on cultural, political, social, and economic well-being.

UPR 14: Freedom of expression, online censorship and the review of Pakistan

Winnipeg

On Monday, October 22nd, the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began the 14th session of its Working Group, reviewing the human rights situation in 14 countries, and reporting on the implementation of recommendations and pledges made in the fir

APC consults on guidance to protect human rights in the ICT sector

Canada

As part of its work with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), APC’s Connect Your Rights! project participated in the consultation process for the development of EU ICT sector guidance on protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Internet rights, open spectrum and online security at the 2012 Allied Media Conference

Winnipeg, Canada

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As governments and non-state actors find ways to restrict access to internet content and wireless connections to serve their own purposes, there is growing support for a human rights based approach to information and communication technology, and particularly the internet.

A rights-based approach to alternative media

The need to move towards a rights-based approach to local and alternative media was a major theme at the second World Forum of Free Media, which took place June 16th and 17th, in parallel to the Rio+20 UN summit on sustainable development.

The Internet and Human Rights: a new frontier?

Nairobi

The Internet can strengthen human rights through the enhancement of the realization of freedom of expression, allowing people to receive information and seek to impart it as required in article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Surveilling CISPA

MONTREAL

Surveilling CISPA: CC licence DonkeyHoteySurveilling CISPA: CC licence DonkeyHoteyI wrote a story about surveillance efforts by the UK authorities lately. It seems that snooping communications (emails, text messaging, etc) is in vogue.

UK: Radical phone and Internet monitoring proposal to be put to parliament

UK

Press release
2 April 2012

Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a bill allowing monitoring of all phone calls, text messages, emails and other electronic communications that the British government plans to submit to parliament in the coming weeks.

“We are shocked to hear more and more supposedly democratic countries such as India, France, Australia and now the United Kingdom express

Hungarians fight back

Montréal

Green Spider FoundationGreen Spider Foundation

Boom! Everything goes black. Hungary goes black.

Do you remember ‘Blackout 4 Hungary’? A little more than a year ago, Hungarian net activists initiated a “movement calling on all Hungarians to turn their websites black starting with 5 January 2011,” as a protest against internet censorship.

Scarlet vs SABA, groundbreaking internet rights case, but does it reach far enough?

Johannesburg

The recent judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on filtering and copyright enforcement has been hailed as a success for the free internet.

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