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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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New bill prompts debate on online freedoms and rights for New Zealanders

WELLINGTON 22 April 2014 (JL for APCNews)

APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand. We believe it adds to the progressive trend to put internet rights at the centre of the political debate and opens the opportunity to address internet freedoms in a structural way.

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International civil society coordination meeting for NETmundial

QUITO 15 April 2014 (BestBits)

The meeting, a joint civil society strategy gathering independently organised ahead of NetMundial 2014, will be held in and all day 22 April in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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“What is NETmundial?” and other Frequently Asked Questions about the meeting on the future of the internet

NEW YORK 10 April 2014 (APCNews)

NETmundial will take place on 23-24 April 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Find out more about this meeting, its importance, the issues that will be discussed there, and why and how you should be involved in this FAQ.

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Join us in a global conversation for a feminist internet #imagineafeministinternet

7 April 2014 (APC for EROTICS)

Is a feminist internet possible? How has the internet shifted the way we understand power, politics, activism and agency? Join us in a global conversation on how the internet can strengthen and better facilitate feminist activism and what you think are key issues we need to engage with and interrogate to realise its transformative potential. Check out the Storify on the conversation! .

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Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet

3 April 2014 (APC for APCNews)

APC is holding a Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. The meeting will bring together academics, activists and policy specialists from local, regional and international organisations and networks.

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UN must reject mass surveillance to protect global privacy rights

LONDON 3 April 2014 (Privacy International)

In response to a consultation being undertaken by the UN in accordance with December’s General Assembly resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, APC, together with other partner organizations, called on the UN to recognise that mass surveillance is incompatible with human rights.

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APC commends Brazil's historic step towards a Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

JOHANNESBURG 26 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC congratulates the Brazilian people on the adoption by the Chamber of Deputies of the Marco Civil da Internet (Civil Rights Framework for the Internet) on 25 March 2014: the outcome of a four-year-long, inclusive consultation process in which civil society played a leading role.

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Director of APC member Bytes for All – Pakistan recognised in digital advocacy

NEW YORK 26 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC joins the international community in congratulating member and friend Shahzad Ahmad on his recent Doughty Street Advocacy Award, and is proud to stand with Ahmad in the fight for freedom of expression wherever it is threatened.

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NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia

GENEVA 20 March 2014 (COMANGO)

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

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2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online

PERGAMINO 20 March 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The ASEA People’s Forum is holding its first ICTs related workshop co-organised by APC, EROTICS Indonesia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc, Myanmar ICT Development organization, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. It will take place on 22 March in Myanmar, and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies.

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Online freedoms absent and sexual rights rejected in Nigeria's Universal Periodic Review

ABUJA 20 March 2014 (Maureen Nwobodo and Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

Civil society groups spoke out today at the Human Rights Council 25th session in Geneva as Nigeria rejects recommendations to ensure the universality of human rights as part of its Universal Periodic Review.

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APC welcomes NTIA announcement on transition of key internet domain name functions

JOHANNESBURG 15 March 2014 (APCNews)

APC welcomes the announcement made by the United States Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of its ‘intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.’

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Statement from detained Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

6 March 2014 (Access)

This week Access kicked off the third installation of the RightsCon conference series in San Francisco, with more than 600 people from 375 organizations and companies in attendance, representing 50 countries. One person who was not here is Alaa Abd El Fattah of Egypt. Today, he is in prison again, without justice or cause. His family shared the following statement.

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Briefing note: Human Rights Council 25th session

GENEVA 28 February 2014 (DB, JL and SF for APC and Access)

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place in Geneva from March 3rd to 28th. 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 brings debate on sexual rights, online hate speech and violence against women to RightsCon

PERGAMINO 27 February 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC staff members and partners will be attending the third RightsCon, organised by Access, to be held in California on 3-5 March. APC will sponsor a lightning talk on sexual rights and online hate speech and the roundtable session “Ending violence against women online: Everyone’s responsibility and no one’s liability?.” Click to download the programme in PDF format .

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APC at the third meeting of the Working Group of Enhanced Cooperation

GENEVA 24 February 2014 (APCNews)

On 24-28 February the APC community will be in Geneva discussing the future of internet governance in the context of the UN at the third meeting of a working group that addresses enhanced cooperation among multi-stakeholders.

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