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Women's rights at the 2014 IGF

17 September 2014 (GenderIT.org for APCNews)

Over the years, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) has actively participated at the Internet Governance Forum in order to raise questions, issues and linkages between feminism and the internet. The participation of gender advocates in this space has grown every year and this year’s WRP delegation included 23 feminist and queer activists from diverse countries, in addition to many feminist allies from across the four sectors of internet governance. Here is a list of gender and sexuality events that took place at the 2014 IGF in Turkey.

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Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

17 September 2014 (WHRD IC for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC), of which APC is a member, is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison. Yunus has been in jail since 30 July, when she was arrested on trumped-up charges of treason and other crimes. The WHRD IC requests the transfer of Yunus’s violent cellmate to another cell and an immediate and transparent investigation into the above-mentioned assault, as well as calling for Yunus’s immediate and unconditional release. The coalition is also demanding that she be urgently provided with any medical attention she may require.

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APC joins statement to Human Rights Council on protection of women human rights defenders

17 September 2014 (WHRD IC for APCNews)

APC and other member organisations of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition sent a statement to the UN Human Rights Council’s 27th session to address the fact that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are targeted for murder, kidnapping, torture, rape and harassment because of who they are and because of the work they do worldwide. As the Council strengthens its work on women generally, the statement notes the critical need to integrate analysis and reporting on WHRDs who demand protection, respect and fulfillment of all human rights.

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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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Deborah Brown joins APC's policy programme

MONTREAL 21 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

In June 2014, Deborah Brown joined APC as a senior project coordinator focusing on internet rights advocacy and fostering good internet governance. In this interview, she shares her views on why she joined APC and what she hopes to achieve.

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Ground breaking study on hate speech online in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 11 June 2014 (BytesForAll Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All Pakistan has just released the first study on hate speech online in the country. More than 92% of Pakistani users encountered hate speech online, and more than 51% identified themselves as targets of such speech, a survey included in the study revealed. Read more about the issue from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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Briefing note: Human Rights Council 26th session

BARCELONA AND NEW YORK 10 June 2014 (Deniz Duru Aydin (Access) and Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC) for APC and Access)

The 26th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place in Geneva from 10 to 27 June. Information on the internet-related human rights issues that will be addressed there are provided by APC and Access in this briefing note.

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APC member releases study on hate speech online in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 9 June 2014 (Bytes for All Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All Pakistan has just released the first study on hate speech online in the country. More than 92% of Pakistani users encountered hate speech online, and more than 51% identified themselves as targets of such speech, a survey included in the study revealed. Read more about the issue from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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Access to the internet, community-owned infrastructure and open source software linked to combating racism, UN report says

NEW YORK 4 June 2014 (APCNews)

A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mutuma Ruteere, was released in late May. APC and some of our members were part of the multi-stakeholder consultation process that led to the preparation of this report.

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New laws in Uganda make internet providers more vulnerable to liability and state intervention

NEW YORK 19 May 2014 (AL for APCNews)

Internet intermediaries (ISPs, content providers, infrastructure providers) are increasingly being held liable for the content circulated by users. Two years after conducting research on the issue in Uganda in a project coordinated by APC, Lillian Nalwoga talked to APCNews about the latest developments in the country, where a recent anti-pornography law can go as far as sending intermediaries to prison.

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Intermediary liability: New developments in South Africa

LAGOS 19 May 2014 (APCNews)

Although internet intermediaries in South Africa are fairly protected against liability for their users’ content or behaviour on their platforms and networks, this comes with some rules that they have to abide by. Two years after the publication of an APC research report on intermediary liability in South Africa, APCNews talked to researchers Alex Comninos and Andrew Rens about the current situation in the country.

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Intermediary liability: Preventing hate speech online in Kenya

LAGOS 19 May 2014 (MN for APCNews)

With a new regime in Kenya, the fate of internet intermediaries is uncertain. Two years after the publication of an APC research report on the issue, Grace Githaiga talked to APCNews on the latest developments in the country.

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Internet intermediaries: The dilemma of liability in Africa

PRETORIA 19 May 2014 (Emilar Vushe Gandhi for APCNews)

In this editorial for a special edition of APCNews we look at the role of governments and the impact of regulations that hold internet intermediaries liable for content uploaded or circulated by users. We argue that protecting intermediaries is an important step for having a free and open internet and for promoting the development of regional content, and stress the importance of explicitly addressing the impact of current regulations on women and women’s rights defenders.

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New laws affecting intermediary liability in Nigeria

16 May 2014 (AL for APCNews)

APCNews interviewed Gbenga Sesan, executive director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), about the latest trends in the country towards holding intermediaries liable for their users’ behaviour. We also asked him about other pressing internet issues in the country.

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Intermediary liability: Internet policies that affect Africans

LAGOS 15 May 2014 (MN for APCNews)

Many governments in Africa are establishing regulations to further control the flow of information on the internet. This trend includes holding intermediaries liable for content circulated by their users on their platforms and networks. APCNews talked to researcher Nicolo Zingales to find out more about the issue in the African context.

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Public access: Supporting digital inclusion for all

GENEVA 13 May 2014 (Mike Jensen for APC, IFLA and TASCHA)

Public libraries play a critical role in extending the benefits of ICTs to marginalised populations worldwide, states a new briefing document that APC is presenting in Geneva at the current session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD).

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South Korean civil society statement on NETmunidal

SEOUL 6 May 2014 (Jinbonet)

This statement, supported by APC member in South Korea Jinbonet, observes that NETmundial was “a successful experiment, providing a cornerstone model for making internet public policy decision-making processes more transparent, democratic and cooperative,” despite its shortcomings.

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APC statement on NETmundial

JOHANNESBURG 30 April 2014 (APCNews)

NETmundial was a remarkable and historic event. To give it its due and build on it going forward, in this assessment we acknowledge its achievements as well as its flaws.

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Civil society closing statement at NETmundial 2014

SAO PAULO 25 April 2014 (BestBits )

A statement was read at the end of the NETMundial which expressed the disappointment of several civil society organisations present with the outcome document, and especially with the lack of acknowledgement of net neutrality and lack of sufficient denunciation of mass surveillance.

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