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GISWatch reports: monitoring ICT for development, democracy and social justice

MADRID 18 December 2014 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

GISWatch is an annual report covering the state of the information society from the perspectives of civil society. This year’s key theme is surveillance. Read the report and explore the findings by country.

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APC joins in the calls for the charges against Khadija Ismayilova to be dropped

MADRID 17 December 2014 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

APC joins in the calls for the charges against Khadija Ismayilova to be dropped and for sanctions to be adopted against top Azerbaijani government officials participating in jailing and torturing journalists and free speech activists.

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Break the Silence: Campaign for Jailed Human Rights Activists

10 December 2014 (APCNews)

Today, on Human Rights Day, we remember Alaa Abd El Fattah and Bassel Khartabil (aka Bassel Safadi), who are serving arbitrary sentences that will jeopardize their futures as innovative and free thinkers from the Arab region. Break the silence with us today in this global campaign for Alaa, Bassel, and the many others who have been unjustly imprisoned because of their activism.

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Statement on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society

5 December 2014 (APC for APCNews)

The undersigned organisations from civil society welcome the CSTD Secretariat’s draft report on the Ten-year Review of Progress Made in the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society.

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African School on Internet Governance: Networking with empowered actors from across Africa

MADRID 4 December 2014 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

Forty-five participants from civil society organisations and governments from all over Africa joined the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) on 21-26 November to discuss and come up with joint projects and ideas on these issues.

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New APC member eQualit.ie: “Encryption is your friend”

PRAGUE 2 December 2014 (Karel Novotný for APCNews)

Just last month, the APC network was joined by a new organisation, eQualit.ie. Based in Montreal, the six-person team develops free/libre and open source software that focuses on privacy, online security and information management. Our network coordinator, Karel Novotný interviewed eQualit.ie’s founder and director Dmitri Vitaliev about their expertise in security and interest in partnering with other APC members.

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Leila Nachawati, Mohammad Tarakiyee, Tarryn Booysen, Cristiana Gonzalez join APC team

MONTREAL 28 November 2014 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC has a unique and dynamic team spread across the globe. We are excited to introduce you to our newest staff members, all of whom have joined in recent months. Welcome to the APC family, Tarryn, Tarakiyee, Cristiana and Leila!

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APC releases statement on UN's latest resolution on right to privacy

MONTREAL 26 November 2014 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC releases a statement that welcomes the recent resolution for building on efforts the UNGA began last year to effectively frame the challenges to the right to privacy in the digital age. It strongly supports the establishment of a new special rapporteur but condemns the softening of language due to pressure from Five Eyes countries.

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Ecuador holds first national meeting on internet governance

MAURITIUS 26 November 2014 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

How does the internet work? How is it managed and developed? While the importance of universalising internet access and use becomes increasingly recognised, reflection on the concrete aspects of internet governance is often missing. This is why APC organises events like the National Meeting on Internet Governance – Ecuador, which will take place on 27 November.

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APC's Women's Rights Programme statement: Forwarding violence is violence

20 November 2014 (APC WRP for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme rejects and condemns systemic, technology-related violence against women in all its expressions. The case of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia who killed herself in April 2013, is yet another tragic story alongside those of Amanda Todd and Jessica Laney, two young women who also took their own lives because not only were they sexually assaulted, but the crimes against them were documented and widely disseminated, resulting in aggravated and repeated harm.

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National meeting in Ecuador on internet governance takes place in Quito

20 November 2014 (CIESPAL)

On 27 November in Quito, the National Meeting on Internet Governance – Ecuador will be a space for discussion and reflection on internet governance issues in Ecuador. The conversation will be framed within both the regional and global context, in addition to providing insights from experts on conceptual, technical and political approaches to internet governance.

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#UPR20: Egypt, Iraq should revise laws violating human rights

CALGARY 18 November 2014 (Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

APC breaks down the major outcomes of the 20th session of the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review, which focussed on Egypt and Iraq among other countries. APC has followed the UPRs of Egypt and Iraq, particularly for these states’ violations of internet rights such as freedom of expression.

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Highlights on tech-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico and the Philippines

14 November 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project has achieved several milestones in the last few years, through the engagement of seven country partners who have explored the dynamics of tech-related violence against women (VAW) in their local contexts, and worked with different stakeholders in the process. 2014 opened up new possibilities and challenges for partners, and APCNews interviewed Valentina Pellizzer from OWPSEE, Erika Smith from Mexico, and Lisa García from the Foundation for Media Alternatives to get a sense of where they are at in their work against tech-related VAW.

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Second African School on Internet Governance to take place in Mauritius, 21-25 November 2014

MADRID 13 November 2014 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

Capacity and expertise in internet governance in Africa will take another step forward with the second annual African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The school, which has received an overwhelming response – 650 applicants, of which 45 have been selected – will take place on 21-25 November 2014 in Mauritius.

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Violence silences: Document. Challenge. Reclaim our right to expression

12 November 2014 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back? This year’s Take Back the Tech! campaign invites you to help us reframe the conversation about violence against women as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expression. Get involved!

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Governments must support right to privacy at UN General Assembly

MONTREAL 10 November 2014 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC and Privacy International along with a global coalition of organisations dedicated to promoting and defending the rights to privacy and freedom of expression contacted state missions to the UN to support a resolution, including a new Special Rapporteur, on the right to privacy in the digital age.

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APC's reflections on the 9th Internet Governance Forum: "Connections and Disconnects"

JOHANNESBURG 29 October 2014

APC reviews what worked well and what didn’t work as well at the 2014 IGF in Istanbul, Turkey last September. Read our critiques and recommendations for next year’s forum in Brazil as well as our enthusiastic support to renew the IGF process for another 10 years.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

PERGAMINO 28 October 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place on this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries.

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APC gives specific recommendations to ITU member states at this year's Plenipotentiary Conference

BUSAN 27 October 2014 (APC for APCNews)

APC formally submits remarks directed at ITU member states in Busan, South Korea for the ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. Read our recommendations and suggestions on topics ranging from access to the role of communications policy.

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How technology informs my activism: A conversation with gender and technology activists in Barcelona

BARCELONA 27 October 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Interviewed during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, gender and technology activists Anne Roth, Hilary Goldstein, Marie Githini, and Sarah Marland, talked about how technology informs their activism and what turns them on about technology.

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