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Internet rights are human rights - Publications

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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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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Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on Canada UPR report

By Shawna Finnegan (September 2013, APC )
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Joint statement on surveillance at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session

(September 2013, APC, Access, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Privacy International )

APC, together with Access, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Privacy International have submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session. The statement highlights the need to bring surveillance practices in line with international human rights norms, in a manner consistent with the International principles on the application of human rights to communications surveillance, and makes specific recommendations to the HRC.

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Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session

By Joy Liddicoat and Deborah Brown (September 2013, APC and Access )

Access and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have prepared a short briefing on the internet related human rights items that will be addressed at Human Rights Council 24, as well as some background on the Council’s work on the internet and human rights.

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Universal Periodic Review of Macedonia - Joint stakeholder submission

By AG and SF (June 2013, APC )

APC and Metamorphosis Foundation made a joint submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in light of recent changes to laws in Macedonia, particularly with regards to media freedom. These changes effectively threaten fundamental human rights in Macedonia, both online and offline. The submission focuses on freedom of expression, freedom of press, privacy and hate speech.

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Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders

By Shawna Finnegan and Jennifer Radloff (June 2013, APC )
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World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Informal Expert Group Statement

By Deborah Brown, Avri Doria, Nnenna Nwakanma, Matthew Shears (May 2013, ITU )
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A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?

By Alex Comninos (April 2013, APC )

The security of digital networks and of networked digital information is increasingly important to stakeholders in governments, the private sector and civil society. This paper introduces some important conceptual is- sues in cyber security; investigates some important cyber security threats, and provides suggestions on what a civil society approach to cyber security should look like.

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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Nigeria

By Fantsuam, Paradigm Initiative (March 2013, APC )
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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Mexico

By LaNeta (March 2013, APC )
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Monitoring freedom of expression: The La Rue framework

By Frank La Rue, APC (January 2013, APC )

In his 2011 annual report, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression focused on the Internet.
In doing so, the Rapporteur developed a broad framework for assessing freedom of expression on the Internet. Using this framework, General Comment 34 on Article 19 of the ICCPR, and recommendations made by UN Special Mandate holders, APC’s Internet Rights project has developed a draft checklist for civil society groups to monitor legislation, raise awareness, defend internet rights, and influence policy.

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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Cameroon

By Protege QV (December 2012, APC )
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APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

By Henrik Almstrom & Joy Liddicoat (January 2012, APC )

Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association by Association for Progressive Communication (APC). The submission has three parts: the conceptualisation of freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association on the internet, country specific cases and recommendations.

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GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 2

By Various (October 2012, APC/Hivos )

This publication is a follow-up to the 2011 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), an annual report that offers a civil society perspective on critical emerging issues in information societies worldwide. The theme for GISWatch 2011 was internet rights and democratisation, with a focus on freedom of expression and association online.

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