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Connecting your rights: Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights

22 October 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Those with internet access are more likely to enjoy the potential realisation of rights, while those without access lack such potential. Additionally, the control of technologies is not necessarily in the hands of traditional duty bearers in human rights law. In such a scenario, what is the relationship between access to the internet and the frameworks to allow internet access as a right?

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WSIS+10 and the need to put people at the centre

21 October 2015 (APCNews)

We remain committed to consolidating the WSIS process by putting people’s rights at the centre, in the face of increasing political and commercial control of internet spaces.

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Side Event: Putting People at the Centre of the WSIS+10 Review

NEW YORK 16 October 2015 (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Internet Democracy Project, and the Internet Society are co-organising a side event for non-governmental stakeholders to share and exchange their views and priorities with governments on WSIS+10 in a dynamic, interactive setting.

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Sudanese civil society calls for protection of Sudanese human rights defenders and journalists

14 October 2015 (APCNews)

The coalition of Sudanese and international civil society organisations involved in developing this submission call on the international community to hold Sudan accountable for its human rights violations, and to ensure protection of human rights defenders and journalists.

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Statement: Facts on #TakeBacktheTech

12 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

The attack against APC and Take Back the Tech and efforts to hijack the #takebackthetech hashtag, which has involved people who self-associate with #Gamergate posting threats targeting members of our community and images that depict women being subjected to physical and sexual violence, illustrate how women’s and girls’ voices are silenced on social networking platforms by violent and sexist expression.

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Take Action for #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet

10 October 2015 (APC WRP for APCNews)

On Friday the 9th of October 2015, misoynists, trolls and a variety of people who associate with the #Gamergate hashtag decided to occupy and corrupt the #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet hashtags by posting thousands of anti-feminist and misogynistic tweets and memes. This online attack against feminist activism online is deliberate, planned, and coordinated and it’s only one example of the attack that feminists face online.

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Expert group meeting: Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women

9 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications, the Due Diligence Project, and the Robert F. Kennedy Training Institute are organising a two-day expert group meeting on “Due diligence for violence against women online: The role of the state and internet intermediaries” to be held in Florence, Italy on 15-16 October 2015.

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Syria: Disclose Advocate’s Whereabouts. Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly Since 2012

9 October 2015 (APCNews)

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

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Open Letter: Facebook, Fix "Real Name” Policy

7 October 2015 (APCNews)

A group of NGOs, including APC, have sent an open letter to Facebook, in representation of individuals who have experienced harm as a result of Facebook’s “real name” policy.

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APC joins civil rights groups against Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France

5 October 2015 (APCNews)

APC joins open letter by civil rights groups worldwide against the Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France. We urge the French Parliament to reject it and protect the rights of individuals all around the world.

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Joint statement on Egypt: Presidential pardon frees some women human rights defenders, while others are still detained

2 October 2015 (Nazra for Feminist Studies)

The delay in the release of both Ms. Salwa Mihriz and Ms. Nahed Sherif is quite atrocious, especially that Ms. Mihriz’s release is halted by the fact that her name is not written correctly in the pardon decision. As for Ms. Mahienour El-Massry, it is feared that her exclusion from the concerned pardon is a result of her being targeted for her well-known and prominent human rights activism.

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PROTEGE QV at the African School on Internet Governance: “The African Declaration should be a citizen handbook on internet use”

ADDIS ABABA 28 September 2015 (Leila Nachawati for APCNews)

Since 1995, PROTEGE QV has worked in promoting rural development, protecting the environment and improving the well-being of communities in Cameroon. In 2007, it joined APC as the first central African member with the following motto: “We believe in the power of ICT to give equal access to information as a strategy to fight against poverty.”

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New individual member Mario Morales: "APC is a meeting and learning point"

PERGAMINO 28 September 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting in Mexico City, APCNews interviewed Mario Morales from Colombia, who recently joined APC as an individual member, to find out more about his work and his reasons for becoming part of the APC network.

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Introducing Fundación REDES, APC's new member in Bolivia

28 September 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Fundación REDES, an organisation based in La Paz, Bolivia that works both nationally and regionally, recently joined the APC network as a new member. APCNews talked to Eduardo Rojas, the executive director of REDES, at the APC Latin America and the Caribbean regional members meeting held in Mexico City.

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Internet Rights at the Human Rights Council’s 30th session

14 September 2015 (Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan (APC) and Max Anderson (Access) for APCNews)

The 30th session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 14 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva. Internet rights are to be discussed during this session in the context of participation in political and public life, racism and xenophobia, communications network shutdowns, mass and targeted surveillance, encryption, and restrictions on access to information and communication technologies.

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Anriette Esterhuysen and APC among EFF's Pioneer Awards winners

SAN FRANCISCO 14 September 2015 (APC for APCNews)

On 24 September, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will present the winners of this year’s “Pioneer Awards”. At APC we are thrilled to see our director Anriette Esterhuysen and the work of APC among the winners.

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LASIR: Empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet

10 September 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Since early 2015, the Local Action to Secure Internet Rights (LASIR) project has focused on empowering national and local actors in their defence of human rights on the internet, in countries as diverse as South Korea, Brazil, the Philippines, India, Jordan, Uganda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Kenya and Tunisia.

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Exploring technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2 September 2015 (

We’re back with the third in a series of seven mini-editions highlighting the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by civil society organisation One World Platform for Southeast Europe, this edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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APC and Web We Want: New grants will help promote African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms in seven countries

1 September 2015

Web We Want announces recipients of small grants to promote the African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms. At APC we are delighted to see among them our member, Cameroon Protégé QV. Read about the other recipients and the Declaration.

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Mobilising the internet governance landscape in Africa

29 August 2015 (APCNews)

In order to contribute to the strengthening of internet governance processes and spaces in the region, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising and supporting a series of events to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on different dates during September 2015. Check out these activities and visit the relevant websites for more information.

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