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Internet and Human Rights Concerns needed in the Fortaleza Declaration of Sixth BRICS Summit

By APC (July 2014, APC )

APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), individually and collectively, to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.

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APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and the internet

By APC (June 2014, APC )

http://www.apc.org/es/system/files/images/internet_0.thumbnail.jpg The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. Adopted by consensus by 82 member states, the resolution affirms that the same rights people enjoy offline apply online. While the APC applauds the links made between the internet and development, the APC also points out areas where the resolution could have been stronger.

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Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights

By Article 19 (June 2014, APC )

“One year after the Snowden revelations, the Human Rights Council must recognise that trust in the internet is conditional on respect for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, regardless of users’ nationality or location”, says a joint statement supported by APC and delivered today in Geneva.

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Public access: Supporting digital inclusion for all

By Mike Jensen (May 2014, APC, IFLA and TASCHA )
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Mapping the ICT policy environment in South Africa

By Jane Duncan, Alan Finlay, Alexandra Groome, Alex Comninos and Anriette Esterhuysen (May 2014, APC )
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Association for Progressive Communications (APC) statement on NETmundial

(April 2014, APC )
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APC commends Brazil's historic step towards a Civil Rights Framework for the Internet

(March 2014, APC )
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Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter

(March 2014, APC )

APC urges the Turkish government to respect international human rights standards and to immediately cease blocking, filtering and censorship of content and expression online.

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Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on whistleblowers

By APC, Reporters Without Borders, Access, Article 19, EFF, Privacy International (March 2014, )
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Human Rights Council 25: Oral statement on privacy

By APC, Reporters Without Borders, Access, Article 19, EFF, Privacy International (March 2014, )
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Briefing note: Human Rights Council 25th session

By By Deborah Brown (Access), Joy Liddicoat and Shawna Finnegan (APC) (February 2014, APC and Access )

The 25th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place in Geneva from March 3rd to 28th. This note provides information on internet related human rights issues in the upcoming session of the HRC.

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Contributions to the ITU Strategic Plan 2016-2019

(February 2014, APC )
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Letter to co-facilitators calling for civil society input into negotiations on WSIS+10 modalities

(February 2014, Best Bits )
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Internet freedom monitoring in New Zealand

By Joy Liddicoat (November 2013, APC )

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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Enabling Openness: The future of the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Various (November 2013, IDRC & Fundación Comunica )

Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, wrote two chapters of this book: “Citizen participation in the age of the information society” and “ICT for development milestones and approaches in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The book builds on a seminar, Open Development: Exploring the future of the information society in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo on 2-3 April 2013.

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Internet intermediary liability: Identifying best practices for Africa

By Nicolo Zingales (November 2013, APC )

Internet intermediary liability can have a significant deterrent effect on intermediaries’ willingness and ability to provide services, and therefore may end up hindering the development of the internet itself. For this reason, legislators around the globe have defined special “comfort zones” for the operation of intermediaries, also known as “safe harbours”, limiting the liability of such entities in specific sets of circumstances.

As this background paper illustrates, significant differences exist concerning the subjects of these limitations, their scope and their modes of operation. Nevertheless, international best practices can be identified that may provide useful guidance for the drafting or the improvement of the current legislation in a number of African countries.

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Open letter from the Fair Deal coalition to government representatives behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

By Fair Deal coalition (November 2013, )
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Support to the UN General Assembly draft resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age

By 13 principles coallition (November 2013, )
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Monitoring internet rights worldwide

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