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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 (FF 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 (FF 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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Job opportunity: Internet rights outreach and capacity-building coordinator for the Maghreb-Machrek region

19 February 2014 (SF for APCNews)

APC is seeking an outreach and capacity building coordinator to join its policy to coordinate its internet rights networking and capacity-building work with women’s and human rights defenders in the Maghreb-Machrek region.

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Reflections on the 2013 Internet Governance Forum, recommendations for 2014

JOHANNESBURG 19 February 2014 (APCNews)

APC and its community will remember the 2013 forum most for the impact of the Snowden revelations, ICANN and Brazil’s initative to convene an internet governance meeting in 2014, the hospitality of our Indonesian hosts, and for Miss Internet Bali. Read our full assessment.

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Drafting an African internet bill of rights

JOHANNESBURG 14 February 2014 (AG for APCNews)

Civil society activists from sixteen African countries met on 12-13 February 2014 in Johannesburg to begin a dialogue towards the development of an African declaration on internet rights and freedoms.

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Global internet users demand an end to mass surveillance on “The day we fight back”

NEW YORK 11 February 2014 (APC)

Internet rights organisations, civil-society groups, authors, and internet users across six continents take to the digital streets to demand an end to mass surveillance on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.

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Internet rights in Ecuador: Activists against surveillance

15 January 2014 (AL and VB, APC for Digital Rights)

A coalition of internet users successfully advocated for the elimination of an article from Ecuador’s new criminal code that legalised massive communications surveillance. In this article for the LAC Digital Rights newsletter, APC’s policy team talks about its advocacy process.

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Pakistan's internet landscape

ISLAMABAD 14 January 2014 (BytesForAll)

APC member in Pakistan Bytes For All released the first ever comprehensive report mapping Pakistan’s past, present and possible future online. The report outlines internet control mechanisms deployed by the government and highlights existing legislation and its application in relation to the internet.

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Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy

NEW YORK 5 December 2013 (AL for APCNews)

On 26 November, a committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on “privacy in the digital age,” which is already being used by human rights advocates to promote better legislation.

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Urgent appeal against Japan's secret-protection legislation

TOKYO 2 December 2013 (JCAFE and JCA-NET)

APC members Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) and Japan Computer Access Network (JCA-NET) are calling the international community to campaign against the State Secret Protection Bill, which is being promoted by Japan’s ruling party and hopes to pass this week, 6 December.

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New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians

QUITO 26 November 2013 (Valeria Betancourt for APCNews)

Article 474 of the new Ecuadorian criminal code legalises systematic surveillance of internet communications, flagrantly violating citizens’ rights to privacy. Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, analyses the problematic aspects of the article.

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