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Latin America at a glance: Human rights and the internet

30 August 2014 (ONG Derechos Digitales, APC and Joana Varon Ferraz for ONG Derechos Digitales)

This document summarizes the discussions in Latin America regarding human rights and the internet. Our intention is to increase the international community’s understanding of the region during the 2014 Internet Government Forum.

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Report on communications surveillance in the digital age to be launched in Turkey

MONTREAL 29 August 2014 (APCNews)

A ground breaking report on mass surveillance will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) reveals the complicity of both states and corporations in communications surveillance, with reviews on the state of surveillance in 57 countries and reports on key human rights, legal and technological issues at stake. Read more about GISWatch and the upcoming launch.

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APC's priorities for the ninth Internet Governance Forum,Turkey, 2014

29 August 2014 (APC for APCNews)

The ninth annual IGF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2–5 September 2014. This year’s overall theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. Major developments in global internet governance have taken place since the 2013 IGF in Bali. In spite of a busy year, some of the most difficult issues have not been resolved. APC expects that IGF 2014 will be a place for valuable dialogue to reflect on these developments, and that this IGF will be more outcome oriented than any previous IGF. Read about APC’s priorities for IGF 2014, clustered according to the event’s sub-themes, followed by a schedule of APC activities in Istanbul.

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Impacting global advocacy on tech-related violence against women through regional IGFs

28 August 2014 (FF and TB for APCNews)

Partners of the “End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project have participated in three regional internet governance forums (Africa IGF, Asia Pacific IGF, LAC IGF). APC interviewed our members who attended and the impact their participation had on tech-related violence against women.

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Remarks from APC on the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) Initial Scoping Meeting held in Geneva on 28 August 2014

JOHANNESBURG 28 August 2014 (Anriette Esterhuysen for APCNews)

By the time most members of civil society active in internet governance heard of the NETmundial Initiative (or Alliance as it as originally termed) it was already a fait accompli. Only a few carefully selected civil society have been given a chance to participate in internet governance’s next “great event”. APC was one of the organisations that received an invitation but as we are not attending the meeting we are sharing these remarks.

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#NotAnotherDay in Prison for Egyptian Activists

27 August 2014 (APCNews)

APC strongly condemns the continued and arbitrary detention of Alaa Abd El Fattah and Sanaa Seif for violation of Egypt’s highly restrictive public assembly law. Today, APC sadly mourns the death of Alaa and Sanaa’s father and esteemed human rights defender and lawyer, Ahmad Seif al Islam. We call on the APC community to campaign for the release of Alaa, Sanaa and all unjustly detained activists.

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Turkish, international activists share circumvention tactics at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

MONTREAL 20 August 2014 (MK for APCNews)

On the eve of the IGF in Istanbul, 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation host a dynamic, peer-learning event on censorship and circumvention, problems and solutions for internet rights.

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Lyon Declaration On Access to Information and Development launched

LYON 19 August 2014 (IFLA)

APC signs the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development. Signed by more than 125 organisations, the declaration launched at the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France and aims to positively influence the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. “This is a great collective step forward. We have a lot of work ahead in the next 16 months to ensure access to information is recognised and included as an objective in the UN development agenda,” says APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen.

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APC at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

18 August 2014 (APCNews)

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) mobilises for the 9th global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 31 August – 5 September 2014. Leading and participating in workshops, side events with partners, decision makers and stakeholders and prompting dialogue around internet rights, public access and digital privacy, APC will play a key role in influencing internet governance around the world. Watch this space for event highlights!

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Support for internet governance consensus-building at the Latin American IGF

18 August 2014 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APCNews)

The seventh Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in San Salvador July 16-18, 2014, provided an opportunity for reflecting on and contributing to internet governance in the region. According to APC’s Dafne Sabanes Plou, this was one of the most participatory regional forums ever, riveting the audience’s attention during all its sessions. The author asks: was this a consequence of the interest raised by the NETmundial meeting held in Brazil in April?

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APC supports multiple dialogue spaces on internet rights, good governance

MONTREAL 15 August 2014 (MK for APCNews)

The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held from 2-5 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. A parallel event is being organised by Turkish and international civil society organisations called the “Internet Ungovernance Forum” (IUF) held from 4-5 September 2014.

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APC Share and Remix: Check it out!

12 August 2014 (FF for APCNews)

On 1-9 June 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications held its 12th face-to-face Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Check out this video of the highlights from the exciting “Share and Remix” day when APC staff, members and partners got together to showcase their work!

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Sex, rights and the internet: Survey on internet regulation and sexual rights

12 August 2014 (EROTICS for APCNews)

If you are an LGBT activist, SRHR activist, women’s rights activist, a queer blogger or a feminist who spends a lot of time on the internet, please take 15 minutes to fill in our survey. We hope with this second round of our global monitoring survey to deepen our understanding on the connections between the regulation of sexual speech and content on the internet and provide evidence that will help sexual rights activists explain the impact of such regulation on their lives and their work.

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Join Mozilla's global teach-ins about privitisation of internet

MONTREAL 11 August 2014 (Alexandra Groome for APCNews)

Interested in learning about net neutrality and internet privatisation? Take part in a free training! Mozilla has created a toolkit to raise awareness about what “net neutrality” is, why it is important, what will happen if we lose it, and about some of the policy behind it.

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APC affiliate Rolf Kleef: "APC gives me access"

7 August 2014 (FF for APCNews)

Rolf Kleef is a founder of Open for Change, which is both a playground for innovation as well as a source of knowledge. He joined APC as an affiliate in 2013. We interview Kleef at the June 2014 APC Member Meeting in Barcelona for how APC affiliate status has impacted his career.

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2014 Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize winner SPACE Kerala: “What we've done is quite unique”

7 August 2014 (APCNews)

APC member SPACE from Kerala, India won the 2014 Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize in the member category for their initiative Insight – ICT for the Differently Abled. Read the interview with Arun Madhavan, Executive Director of SPACE Kerala about the initiative, their plans, and how groups can support FLOSS.

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ICTs, public access and the African Internet Governance Forum

MONTREAL 1 August 2014 (ET for APCNews)

APC’s Emilar Gandhi recently returned from the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Abuja, Nigeria, where she co-organised a workshop on public access to information and communications technologies (ICTs). Emilar spoke to APCNews about what public access would look like in Africa.

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Public consultation: African declaration for internet rights and freedoms

31 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

Earlier this year, civil society organisations drafted the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in order to guide internet development across Africa. APC and partners launched a wide, public consultation online and through meetings across the continent. Everyone is invited to contribute. The consultation closes 4 August. French and Arabic versions are available.

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End violence project: Two years and going strong

26 July 2014 (FF and TB for APCNews)

The APC project “End violence: Women´s rights and safety online” is now into its third year and is proving to be a project worth being involved in. During its second year in 2013 alone, 1264 women leaders received training on mapping technology-related violence against women. Join us on this look through the most relevant achievements of the initiative in 2013.

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End violence: Most significant change story from Kenya

24 July 2014 (International Association of Women in Radio and Television for APCNews)

The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. This week, the project partner in Kenya, IAWRT, shares the stories of women whose organisations were strengthened in a sustainable way to address technology-related violence against women after a training of trainers, and how those learnings impacted on the lives of hundreds of Kenyan women.

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