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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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Deborah Brown joins APC's policy programme

MONTREAL 21 July 2014 (ET for APCNews)

In June 2014, Deborah Brown joined APC as a senior project coordinator focusing on internet rights advocacy and fostering good internet governance. In this interview, she shares her views on why she joined APC and what she hopes to achieve.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign starts targeting Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

21 July 2014 (FF for Take Back the Tech!)

What are you doing about violence against women? That’s what we are asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We invite users to join the campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action.

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Historic report connects our rights and upholds the right to privacy in the digital age

17 July 2014 (APCNews)

APC welcomes the groundbreaking report “The right to privacy in the digital age”, released yesterday by Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report affirms that the international human rights framework for the promotion and protection of the right to privacy applies online and that governments have been failing in their obligations.

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Internet and Human Rights Concerns needed in the Fortaleza Declaration of Sixth BRICS Summit

14 July 2014 (APCNews)

APC and other civil society organizations believe that the internet is a global resource enabling human rights and development and should be managed in the public interest. A joint statement by APC and partners calls on BRICS governments (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to ensure that internet issues are addressed in the Fortaleza Declaration being drafted in Fortaleza, Brazil 14-16 July.

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APC and IFLA workshop on public access at the African Internet Governance Forum

8 July 2014 (APCNews)

Later this week at the African Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nigeria, the APC and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) will advocate information and communications technologies (ICTs) as a means to access information, build knowledge and foster development. According to the latest figures from the International Telecommunications Union, 40% of the world’s population is using the internet, compared to 20% of the population in Africa. The workshop at the African IGF will explore concrete ways to increase public access such as through libraries and educational institutions, as a means to advance the UN’s post-2015 development agenda. Follow the discussion: #public access #post2015

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APC welcomes Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and the internet

1 July 2014 (APC for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the internet. Adopted by consensus by 82 member states, the resolution affirms that the same rights people enjoy offline apply online. APC applauds the links made between the internet and development but calls attention to areas where the resolution could have been stronger.

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