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Monitoring internet freedom in New Zealand

WELLINGTON 25 November 2013 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

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Freedom of expression in Sudan: Interview with Dalia Haj-Omar

JOHANNESBURG 14 November 2013 (AG for APCNews)

APCNews talked to Dalia Haj-Omar, a Sudanese human rights activist, about the recent internet blackout in Sudan, the implications for freedom of expression and association, and the role of the international community.

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Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable

BALI 28 October 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The situation for Azerbaijani activists who work online did not improve after the IGF came to town in 2012. In fact, it actually became worse. APCNews talks to Gulnara Akhundova of International Media Support and Emin Huseynov from the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about the impact one year later.

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WHRD IC condemns systematic digital harassment of LACWHN

14 October 2013 (Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) expresses its deep concern at the recent hacking of the website of the Latin America and Caribbean Women’s Health Network’s (LACWHN). The attack is emblematic of the serious threat that online harassment presents to sexual and reproductive rights activists and constitutes a violation of LACWHN’‘s right to freedom of expression and association.

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Southern Africa reclaims freedom of expression online

JOHANNESBURG 25 September 2013 (AG for APCNews)

On 20-21 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) held a regional dialogue and workshop on “Freedom of expression in cyberspace” in Johannesburg. The event explored how to empower human rights defenders in Southern Africa using the internet. Discussion brought to light issues of intermediary liability, surveillance, human rights, and internet governance.

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NGOs at the Human Rights Council: Apply human rights law to state surveillance

GENEVA 20 September 2013 (APC)

Civil society organisations today called upon the members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.

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Cyber Martial Law year one: Full stop, no mere pause

16 September 2013 (PIFA)

The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), integrated by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, released a statement in commemoration of the 1st year of the passage of the repressive Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 in the Philippines into law. PIFA is developing a week-long online campaign to make sure that netizens will not forget that even though the law was temporarily halted, vigilance should remain to ensure that the law is completely junked.

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APC at the 24th Human Rights Council

GENEVA 13 September 2013 (APC)

Against the backdrop of the recent Snowden revelations, APC and other civil society organisations are participating the 24th session of the HRC, which is taking place from 9-27 September 2013 in Geneva.

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Human Rights Council: Launch of international principles on human rights and surveillance

NEW YORK 12 September 2013

The event, co-organised by APC, will take place on Friday in Geneva. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, will provide some introductory remarks.

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Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments

JOHANNESBURG 5 September 2013 (Phil Mincher for APCNews)

Some email providers and other internet intermediaries have opted to shut down operations before “big brother’’ interferences gather more momentum.

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Latin America debates internet governance: APC at the LAC IGF regional preparatory meeting

PERGAMINO 4 September 2013 (FF for APCNews)

The Argentinian city of Córdoba hosted this year’s regional preparatory meeting for the Latin America and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum. APC was an organisers of the event with Lacnic, Ageia Densi, Internet Society, ICANN, NIC.br, CGI.br and Google, and also provided comprehensive news coverage.

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Small grants for activism and advocacy

NEW YORK 30 August 2013 (Web We Want)

The Web We Want, a global campaign of which APC is part, has announced a round of small grants for 2013. The categories currently available are rapid response, surveillance action research, and capacity-building and outreach. The first deadline is September 9, and applications from non-profit groups in the Global South will be prioritised.

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Bangladesh: Proposed legislative amendments violate human rights

BANGLADESH 30 August 2013 (VOICE)

VOICE, an APC member in Bangladesh, denounces new legislation that will increase punishment for destroying computer data with malicious intent, transferring data without proper authority, hacking, and releasing vulgar and defaming information, thereby seriously endangering citizens’ right to privacy and human rights at large.

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PRESS RELEASE: Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons

NEW YORK 29 August 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC and other civil society organisations that are part of the Best Bits coalition have submitted a comment to the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, to denounce the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting.

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Take action! Dangerous threats to freedom of expression and information in Macedonia

NEW YORK 29 August 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The government of Macedonia is proposing two media bills that, if approved, will severely impact Macedonians’ freedom of information and freedom of expression. Take action and ask the Minister of Information Society and Administration to reconsider the bills.

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Internet Intermediary Liability in Nigeria: New legislation threatens internet freedom

26 August 2013 (Maureen Nwobodo for APCNews)

Maureen Nwobodo, a Google policy fellow supporting APC’s work on intermediary liabilities from Nigeria, analyses how new legislation is using the private sector to police the flow of information online.

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APC statement on Bradley Manning: Guilty verdict a new low for US human rights

NEW YORK 6 August 2013 (APC for APCNews)

APC stands in solidarity with Bradley Manning, a whistleblower who has been convicted in a military court on Espionage Act violations after leaking intelligence information on the Iraq War, where he worked in information systems as an intelligence analyst.

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Obama, protect whistleblowers and journalists

WASHINGTON DC 5 August 2013 (IFEX)

APC has joined other 150 organisations in their appeal to US President Obama to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden, update the Whistleblower Protection Act and pass a media shield law.

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Ecuador’s communications law: With a view toward a more democratic regulation

NEW YORK 1 August 2013 (AL for Digital Rights)

APC wrote an analysis of the latest communication’s law in Ecuador for the newsletter Digital Rights, focusing on both problems and opportunities that its implementation will imply.

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Surveillance in the US: Stop discrimination against non-US persons

NEW YORK 31 July 2013 (BestBits)

APC and other civil society organisations are concerned about the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting. Join them and sign the petition.

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