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APC speaks at WSIS Forum 2015, Geneva

GENEVA 26 May 2015 (APC for APC)

Hosted annually, the WSIS Forum is a space in which APC has participated actively since its inception. We are committed to the WSIS goal of a “people-centred, 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. Our statement supports this goal by outlining ongoing efforts required to realise this goal.

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APC opposes internet content regulation proposed by South Africa's Film and Publications Board

JOHANNESBURG 25 May 2015 (APCNews)

If implemented, the Draft Online Regulation Policy proposed by the South African Film and Publications Board would, under the guise of child protection, pose serious threats to online freedom of expression. APC joins the many South African civil society and broader communications sector voices that are expressing their concern about the proposed regulations.

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International network celebrates 25 years of social justice in the digital age

MONTREAL 25 May 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Founded in 1990, APC is the world’s longest-running network of civil society organisations and activists working with ICTs for social justice and sustainable development. This May we celebrate our 25th anniversary! That’s twenty-five years of building an international network online of organisations for ICTs and social justice.

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Survey to assess privacy concerns across the globe

MONTREAL 21 May 2015 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Tokyo-based APC member Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) has launched a global survey on personal data and surveillance. Survey responses may explain how and why awareness of privacy and surveillance vary across countries.

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May 23: Femhack to occupy the internet!

21 May 2015 (Take Back the Tech!)

Campaigners, get ready to occupy the internet! On Saturday, May 23, Take Back the Tech! is joining women around the world for #FemHack, and we want you to amplify women’s voices and #imagineafeministinternet. Check here how to participate!

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Watching the watchers: A global monitor of the information society since 2007

MADRID 21 May 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) aims to build policy analysis skills and methodologies into the work of civil society organisations in the field of ICT for development, democracy and social justice. Today, it makes us very happy to announce that our latest GISWatch report on surveillance has exceeded 10,000 page hits to the main report, becoming the most read in the history of GISWatch.

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APC and Web We Want launch open call for grant proposals

21 May 2015 (Web We Want)

APC is happy to announce that we are partnering with The Web We Want to launch an open call for grant proposals. A limited number of grants will be offered to projects that support local campaign efforts to promote a free and open Web.

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Do you know about APC's Sexual Rights Project?

20 May 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Since 2014, APC has been working with local partners in four countries to implement the Sexual Rights Project, aimed at building stronger relationships between the sexual rights and internet rights movements. The project’s goals are to support and deepen existing research on sex and technology, to increase understanding of how sexual rights, internet freedoms and democratisation are connected, and to advance these across the internet rights ecosystem. Learn more about the Sexual Rights Project!

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Recommendations for the organisers of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017

THE HAGUE 20 May 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Over the years, the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) has evolved from a space for developing principles for governing behaviour in cyberspace into a space to discuss emerging issues, particularly the relationship between internet rights and internet security. APC attended GCCS 2015 and has developed a statement on the issues discussed and what needs to be addressed before the next conference in 2017.

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Can infrastructure sharing strategies improve broadband access in Southern Africa?

19 May 2015 (APCNews)

ICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband.

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Pakistan: Exploring technology-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 18 May 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

In Pakistan, religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by human rights organisation Bytes for All under APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, this GenderIT.org edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Pakistan.

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Fighting against the return of censorship in Tunisia: Women striving for freedom of speech and press

TUNIS 11 May 2015 (Isabelle L'Héritier for APCNouvelles)

After having been held in silence and fear for years, public debate has been flourishing in Tunisia since 2011. Tunisian journalists Sana Sbouai and Lilia Weslaty actively participate in the day-to-day struggle to develop free alternative media. This is their account of the current situation.

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New Canadian anti-terrorism law: The beginning of the end of the right to privacy?

MONTREAL 11 May 2015 (Stéphane Couture for APCNouvelles)

On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians’ rights to privacy.

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Charter of Demands challenges Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill

ISLAMABAD 7 May 2015 (APC)

The proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill poses serious threats to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. To challenge it, a Charter of Demands has been developed by Bytes for All Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, and supporting organisations, APC among them.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign wins The Bobs award in People’s Choice for English category

PERGAMINO 6 May 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Among over 4,800 submissions, APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with the prestigious award The Bobs in the People’s Choice for English category.

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Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society"

GENEVA 6 May 2015 (APC for APCNews)

As civil society organisations committed to the goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, APC, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project have released a statement to highlight this central goal of the World Summit on the Information Society.

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Free Malaysia Today: "Stop harassing activists and human rights defenders"

PETALING JAYA 6 May 2015 (Janarthani Arumugam for Free Malaysia Today )

On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallies.

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Bytes for All Pakistan: "End Impunity and Bring Perpetrators of Sabeen to Justice"

ISLAMABAD/BANGKOK 4 May 2015 (Bytes for All Pakistan)

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its Pakistani member Bytes for All, strongly condemns the killing of Sabeen Mahmud. The groups also call on the government of Pakistan to ensure the protection of human rights defenders and bring perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud to justice.

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Women and the media: Join the debate in May!

30 April 2015 (GAMAG for APCNews)

During May 2015, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), led by UNESCO, will promote awareness on issues related to women and the media as part of the Beijing+20 Review/Campaign. APC is a member of GAMAG’s Steering Committee and coordinator of its Advocacy Committee, so it is fully involved in this campaign. Join us!

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Imagining a feminist internet 20 years after the launch of Section J

PERGAMINO 24 April 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. This GenderIT.org edition analyses what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and brings forward ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.

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