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Internet rights are human rights - Publications

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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Internet Freedom Index: Draft Checklist for Reporting under Article 19

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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GISWatch 2011 Special Edition 1

By Various (October 2012, APC/Hivos )

The 2011 edition of the Global Information Society Watch, titled “Internet Rights and Democratization: focus on freedom of expression and association online” has published the first in a series of updates on six country reports. This special edition contains updates from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa as well as an introduction from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York.

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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Pakistan

By Bytes for all, Pakistan (June 2012, APC )
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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Canada

By APC, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), OpenMedia.ca, TeleCommunities Canada, Alternatives and Web Networks (October 2012, APC )
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Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Colombia

By Colnodo (October 2012, APC )
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Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet

By Alex Comninos (June 2012, APC )

Demonstrations in the middle-east and student protests in Chile or Quebec have shown that the internet can augment the capacity of citizens to form associations and organise protests. Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach of associations, provide powerful ways to organise peaceful assemblies online and on the streets. This issue paper by Alex Comninos sheds a new light on how the internet impacts the exercise of the right to freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

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Human rights and the internet - A review of perceptions in human rights organisations

By David Souter (March 2012, APC )

This report, commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), is concerned with the relationship between human rights and the internet; and with perceptions of the internet, its impact on human rights and the concept of internet rights within mainstream rights organisations. It pays particular attention to the rights encapsulated in Articles 18, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (freedoms of conscience, expression and association). The study forms part of APC’s work on internet rights and freedom of expression and, in particular, the “Internet rights are human rights” project.

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IGF workshop 155 report: Human rights - a unifying approach for development, freedom, access and diversity?

By Joy Liddicoat (November 2011, APC )

A report from the APC workshop organised at the 2011 IGF in Kenya. Workshop participants discussed examples of current internet related human rights violations, considered implications for development, freedom access and diversity, shared strategies for remedies and accountability against human rights violators, opportunities and challenges for seeking remedies, how human rights is a growing theme in the IGF, and the role of government, private sector and civil society in taking these issues forward together.

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APC's closing statement to the Sixth Internet Governance Forum

By APC (September 2011, APC )

In its statement at the close of the sixth IGF, APC criticises the lack of non-governmental participation in development of the IG proposals which dominated discussions and calls for human rights be the main theme of the IGF in 2012.

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Human rights online: New issues and threats

By Joy Liddicoat (September 2011, APC )

This Connect your Rights! policy issue paper from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges that activists and human rights defenders are facing. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide – even in democratic countries – the work and lives of human rights defenders are being threatened. APC calls for the theme of the 2012 IGF to focus exclusively on human rights.

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