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Strengthen solidarity: Share your strategies for countering violence against women

20 November 2015 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

Despite global attention, technology-related violence against women is still minimised and misunderstood. We want women and girls shaping the conversation for each other and for decision-makers. The best step we can take to counter violence against women is to share our knowledge with each other. For 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, get together, share your strategies and take back the tech!

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New GenderIT.org edition on the politics of sex

19 November 2015 (GenderIT.org for APCNews)

The 2015 Global Information Society Watch brings stories on the politics of sex and sexual rights online from 52 countries worldwide. This GenderIT.org edition draws on and highlights the stories published there, ranging from the challenges and possibilities that the internet offers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, to female genital mutilation, the right to legal abortions, to the rights of sex workers, criminalization of sexual expressions or sex education in schools.

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"Keep fighting for a free and open internet - if not, we are going to lose it": APC's Nadine Moawad's speech at the IGF closing ceremony

19 November 2015 (APCNews)

Nadine Moawad, APC Women’s Rights Programme member, spoke at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Internet Governance Forum that took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November. We invite you to listen to the full speech in the following video.

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International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders

17 November 2015 (APCNews)

We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.

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Brazilian activist Carlos Afonso awarded the 2015 Betinho Communications Prize

JOAO PESSOA 13 November 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

At the Association for Progressive Communication’s (APC) 25th anniversary celebrations held on 12 November in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, APC announced Carlos Afonso as the winner of the 2015 Betinho Prize. In a standing ovation, the prize was handed over by Anriette Esterhuyssen, APC’s executive director, and Edie Farwell, APC’s first coordinator and executive director.

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GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launched at IGF 2015

JOAO PESSOA 12 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)


How does the politics of sex and sexual rights activism take place online? How are generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet? These are some of the questions addressed by the latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report, launched at the Internet Governance Forum.

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African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway?, at IGF 2015

JOÃO PESSOA 11 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

African Internet Rights. Whose rights are these anyway? was the provocative title of a panel that explored how policy frameworks affect human rights on the continent.

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Latin America in a Glimpse, at IGF 2015

JOAO PESSOA 9 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

Among the most controversial issues that Latin America has faced in 2015 are the arrival of Free Basics (formerly Internet.org) and surveillance on the internet, including the Hacking Team revelations. To present these issues in their context, Derechos Digitales and APC launched a summary of the digital rights arena in the region in 2015 at an Internet Governance Forum pre-event.

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Disco-tech event at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2015)

JOAO PESSOA 8 November 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Join our Disco-tech event on practical steps that members of civil society can take to protect themselves and their activism, and to explore the question of whether one can remain anonymous in the data society.

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Julián Casasbuenas: "APC has had a great effect on all its member organisations"

PERGAMINO 6 November 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNoticias)

During the APC Latin America and the Caribbean members meeting held in Mexico City, we interviewed Julián Casasbuenas, director of Colombian APC member Colnodo and current chair of the APC Board. He shared his thoughts about APC’s 25-year history.

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APC's priorities for the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, 2015

6 November 2015 (APC for APCNews)

The 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015 with the overall theme of “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. In this document are APC’s priorities for IGF 2015, clustered according to the event’s sub-themes.

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New issue paper: Women’s rights, gender and Internet governance

5 November 2015 (Avri Doria for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project)

This issue paper addresses the degree to which gender and women’s rights feature in Internet governance, in multiple interconnected ways including, but certainly not limited to, access, content and representation. Gender and women’s rights occupy a largely rhetorical role in today’s discussion of Internet governance.

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Betinho Communications Prize: Recognising remarkable contributions in using the internet for social justice and development

4 November 2015 (APC for APCNews)

We are re-launching the Betinho Communications Prize, which will go to the most significant contribution in using the internet for social justice and development. And we are doing it at a very symbolic time for APC.

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APC at the 2015 IGF

3 November 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC is mobilising for the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in João Pessoa, Brazil on 10–13 November 2015. Leading and participating in workshops and side events and prompting dialogue around internet rights, public access and digital privacy, APC will play a key role in influencing internet governance around the world. This page is your go-to resource.

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Internet Rights Are Human Rights training workshops roll out in India, Malaysia and Pakistan

3 November 2015 (APCNews)

In India, Malaysia and Pakistan, technology-related human rights violations are commonplace, yet few human rights defenders and civil society organisations have the capacity to identify and respond to technology-related human rights violations. The APC-IMPACT project is using the Internet Rights Are Human Rights curriculum to provide human rights defenders with knowledge, tools, networks and support to respond to these violations, and to communicate more safely online.

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APC-IMPACT: Research on internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan

3 November 2015 (APC for APCNews)


Since we launched the Advocacy for Change through Technology (APC IMPACT) project, APC has been working with members and partners in India, Malaysia and Pakistan to protect and promote human rights on the internet. As part of the project, our partners have developed a baseline of research that has already produced three papers.

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GISWatch 2015 – Sexual rights and the internet: Launching on 12 November!

2 November 2015 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)


How does the politics of sex and sexual rights activism take place online? How are generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet? These are some of the questions that this year’s edition of the Global Information Society Watch report (GISWatch 2015) aims to respond to.

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APC at the 2015 IGF: Event coverage

30 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

Follow APC at the 2015 IGF online

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder policy dialogue space convened by the United Nations Secretary General in 2006 to “foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the internet.” At APC, we have been involved in the IGF since its inception, using it as a time for our community to come together, share expe

#FreeAlaa

27 October 2015 (APC for APCNews)

27 October marks one year since Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was last arrested for his peaceful activism, and he has remained detained since then. We are all gathering around one hashtag – #FreeAlaa – to call for his release and the release of all those unjustly detained in Egypt.

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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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