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Coalition launches alternative to secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership

MONTREAL 24 July 2013 (MK for APCNews)

The Fair Deal Coalition has launched “Your Digital Future”, a new initiative that will give internet users a platform to discuss what copyright should look like under the TPP.

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Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law

24 July 2013 (Nadine Moawad for APCNews)

Jordanians speak up and take action against the government’s attempts to regulate and licence online “news websites”. Internet freedom activists have stressed the law’s restriction on freedom of expression and have called the licencing scheme that the law proposes obsolete and undemocratic.

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Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government - an open letter

18 July 2013 (Shahzad Ahmad for Bytes For All Pakistan)

Responding to claims made by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), that Facebook is assisting the government to filter and block “undesirable” content, Bytes for All, Pakistan has written an open letter to the Global Network Initiative (GNI), of which Facebook is a member, seeking support to investigate these claims.

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Human rights watchdog just doing its job

WELLINGTON 17 July 2013 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s funding is under threat after the Commission commented on the human rights issues proposed in the new surveillance law.

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We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance

8 July 2013 (Carly Nyst for The Guardian)

Privacy International’s Carly Nyst talks about PI’s legal action against the British government for co-operating with the US’ NSA/Prism programme and the Orwellian Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an opaque layer of the British legal system.

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Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action

8 July 2013 (Korean Progressive Network 'Jinbonet')

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

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Ecuador's new Communications Law: Progress on access and spectrum allocation, but a reverse for freedom of expression

MONTEVIDEO 27 June 2013 (AL for APCNews)

Ecuador has approved a communications law that recognises the right of universal access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and fairly apportions the frequency spectrum; on the other hand, it poses a threat to freedom of expression.

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Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia

JOHANNESBURG 27 June 2013 (AG for APCNews)

APC and Metamorphosis Foundation made a joint-submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in light of recent legislative threats to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of press, privacy and security, and hate speech.

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Freedom Online Coalition: Governments should take action to protect rights

TUNISIA 25 June 2013 (APCNews)

APC and other civil society organisations participating at the Freedom Online Conference called governments to protect the human rights of all people online, not just those of their own citizens.

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Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance

MONTEVIDEO 14 June 2013 (AL for BestBits)

After revelations of systematic surveillance by the US government, APC and other civil society organizations call the US Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. The call can be endorsed online.

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US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM

WINNIPEG 13 June 2013 (Shawna Finnegan and Carly Nyst for APCNews and Privacy International )

As leaked classified documents reveal widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency, the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, examines implications of States’ surveillance of communications on fundamental rights.

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US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council

NEW YORK 10 June 2013 (AL for APCNews)

After recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States civil society calls on the Human Rights Council to act swiftly to prevent the creation of a global Internet based surveillance system.

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Macedonian government moves to limit online free speech and increase State control of the media

JOHANNESBURG 3 June 2013 (AG for APCNews)

Answer an urgent call for support for Metamorphosis Foundation in their efforts to fight for internet and human rights of Macedonia’s citizens.

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Event: State surveillance in the digital age: the implications for freedom of expression and the right to privacy

GENEVA 29 May 2013 (APCNews)

APC, together with Privacy International and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is hosting a side-event to the Human Rights Council on State surveillance and human rights on Tuesday, June 4.

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World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Civil society calls for an open and participatory internet policy making

NYC 10 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC will participate in the upcoming World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum, taking place in Geneva from 14-16 May. APC endorses statements submitted by members of civil society involved in the process, and calls the International Telecommunications Union to consider them as a key input for the Forum. Read the documents.

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APC trains participants in internet rights policy at the Hivos workshop “IG in the MENA Region”

2 May 2013 (Mawaki Chango for APCNews)

At a workshop on internet governance in the MENA region, held from 16 to 19 March 2013 in Tunis, APC presented “IG and Policy: Anchoring and Safeguarding internet Openness in the Middle East and North Africa,” a workshop on civil society engagement in IG and public policy.

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UN member states must hold Azerbaijan to account for deteriorating human rights situation

GENEVA 30 April 2013 (ARTICLE 19)

The International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan, of which APC is a member organisation, urges the UN to hold Azerbaijan to account during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for its failure to protect basic human rights.

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'Human rights and the internet' multimedia training kit released

BERLIN 8 April 2013 (APC)

APC presents a Multimedia training kit on human rights and the internet, a set of modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the internet. These modules can be used freely to help those who work on human rights and ICTs to understand how the internet is affecting the protection of rights.

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Internet Rights in Mexico and Nigeria: APC members, partners make recommendations in UPR processes

BOGOTA 20 March 2013 (Shawna Finnegan for APC)

In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

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On International Sex Worker Rights Day, sign our petition to the UN

MONTREAL 1 March 2013 (MK for APC)

This Sunday, 3 March 2012, is International Sex Worker Rights Day. As part of an ongoing campaign, APC’s projects Internet Rights are Human Rights and Take Back the Tech! are circulating a petition to protect sex workers’ rights that we will send to the UN this month. Sign it today!

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