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“We need to avoid a situation where the DNS is used to police content”: A conversation with ICANN's Rafik Dammak

BUENOS AIRES 2 July 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC attended the 53rd meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that took place in Buenos Aires on 21-25 June 2015. We interviewed Rafik Dammak, a Tunisian engineer living in Tokyo, who is an APC individual member and chair of the Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group at ICANN. He explains why internet rights activists should get involved in ICANN, since any policy around domain names has a dramatic and global effect.

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APC hosts “open web” advocate for 2015 Ford-Mozilla fellowship

MONTREAL 2 July 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC will host Andrea Del Río, a participant in the 2015 Open Web Fellows programme, which is an international leadership initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mozilla. For the next 10 months, Del Río will use her cutting-edge technology skills alongside APC policy experts to safeguard the internet as a global public resource.

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WSIS+10: APC's statement on 'The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development'

NEW YORK 2 July 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Much still needs to be done to realise the WSIS goal of a “people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, where everyone can create, access, use and share information to fully promote sustainable development and improve their quality of life.

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Internet Governance Forum 2014: Results from the Gender Report Card

22 June 2015 (APC)

Since 2011, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme has been compiling Gender Report Cards to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at the IGF’s workshop sessions. Check out the results for 2014 IGF!

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Women activists exchanging knowledge on gender and internet governance

PERGAMINO 19 June 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Between June and September 2015, APC will hold three Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX), two-day meetings prior to the regional Internet Governance Forums in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, where activists will come together to share knowledge on the intersections of gender and internet governance. The first gigX, organised in collaboration with Foundation for Media Alternatives, will take place on 29-30 June 2015 in Macau.

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Pulling apart the patriarchy: GenderIT.org edition in commemoration of Heike Jensen

18 June 2015 (GenderIT.org for GenderIT.org)

This edition is in tribute to this amazing woman who contributed to our ability to question, interrogate and rebuild the institutions and architecture of the internet in more equitable ways. We hope that through this edition, readers will be driven not only to investigate Heike’s work more deeply, but also to engage in the deeper project of imagining, sharing and building an internet and a broader future without the shackles of patriarchy.

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HRC29: Freedom of expression and association is deteriorating in Malaysia

GENEVA 18 June 2015 (APCNews)

At the Human Rights Council, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) delivered a joint statement calling for urgent attention to the deteriorating situation in Malaysia with regards to the rights to freedom of expression and association.

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HRC29: Encryption and anonymity are key for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity

GENEVA 17 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

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APC's Oral Statement on Violence against Women at the UN Human Rights Council

17 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women at the 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC delivered an oral statement calling on all States to develop effective responses to technology-related violence against women as a matter of urgency as part of their existing obligations to uphold women’s human rights rights.

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Civil society tells the UN Human Rights Council: "Promote strong encryption and anonymity"

GENEVA 17 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC has joined 26 NGOs in welcoming the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication, which was presented to the Human Rights Council.

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Gender and Internet Governance eXchange happening in Macau, Asia

15 June 2015 (APCNews)

To start off our series of Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX), APC in collaboration with an APC member in the Philippines, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, will hold a 2-day event on the 29 and 30 June 2015. Between 10 to 15 women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights advocates from the region will exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance, just prior to the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum.

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Human Rights Council #HRC29: What is at stake for internet rights?

GENEVA 15 June 2015 (Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC) and Deniz D. Aydin (Access) for APCNews)

The 29th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 15 June to 3 July in Geneva. Internet rights will be prominent on the Council’s agenda, with the release of a number of reports relating to the internet, including a new report on encryption and anonymity by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression.

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APC letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)

13 June 2015 (APC for APCNews)


The goal of people-centred information societies can only be achieved through constant adherence to the principle of inclusive participation. This is why meaningful participation of all stakeholders is so important in the ten-year review and in furthering the WSIS vision beyond 2015.

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Philippines: Exploring technology-related violence against women and children

10 June 2015 (GenderIT.org)

We’re back! – with the second edition highlighting APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” and this time round, we’ll look at the Philippines. Based on research carried out by Foundation for Media Alternatives, we look at cases ranging from celebrity sex videos to child pornography, and draw attention to various socio-economic realities in the Philippines.

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Interview with Bytes for All Pakistan's Sadaf Baig on expression, opinion and religious freedom in South Asia

JAKARTA 7 June 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

“Religion is used throughout the region to gain power and suppress free speech,” Bytes for All Pakistan’s Sadaf Baig said during the Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom in South Asia, which brought together more than 70 human rights defenders, activists and journalists in Jakarta.

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A conversation with the team of women behind the “dragon animal spirit” website

4 June 2015 (GenderIT.org)

GenderIT.org has a vibrant new face, and the people responsible for this renovated look and feel are the women who make up our website development team: visual designer Ezrena Marwan (Malaysia), and developers Liz Probert (England), Sam Marx (South Africa) and Sarah Escandor Tomas (Philippines). All of them are deeply committed to developing technology to meet women’s needs. Learn more about them, their impressions and feelings about the process, the challenges they faced and the results of the website facelift, through this conversation with the GenderIT.org editorial team.

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APC supports civil society in Paraguay fighting mandatory data retention bill, #pyrawebs

MONTREAL 4 June 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

In our Internet Rights Charter, we are clear that the collection, use, disclosure and retention of data must comply with transparent privacy policies and that all people have the right to privacy and freedom from surveillance. To those ends, APC supports the active movement against data retention laws in Paraguay.

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Introducing APC's newest member: Instituto DEMOS in Guatemala

JAKARTA 4 June 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

APC has a new organisational member! As the APC network’s global advocacy efforts create and strengthen global connections amongst civil society, our membership grows, too. We spoke with Frank La Rue, president of the governing board of Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios para la Democracia Social (DEMOS).

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Interview with UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye on expression, opinion and religious freedom

JAKARTA 3 June 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)


APC, co-organiser of the Asia Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedom, interviewed Kaye about his recent report on encryption and anonymity and strategies to promote freedom of expression in the digital age.

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GenderIT.org turns 10 with a brand new face. Come have a look!

3 June 2015 (GenderIT.org)

We have great news to share with you all! GenderIT.org has a completely renovated face! GenderIT.org turns 10 years old in 2015, and it was time for a change. The new design responds to what readers, writers and the team identified as necessary and desired changes in our look and feel.

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