This document summarizes the discussions in Latin America regarding human rights and the internet. Our intention is to increase the international community’s understanding of the region during the 2014 Internet Government Forum.
A ground breaking report on mass surveillance will be released at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 September 2014. The latest edition of the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) reveals the complicity of both states and corporations in communications surveillance, with reviews on the state of surveillance in 57 countries and reports on key human rights, legal and technological issues at stake. Read more about GISWatch and the upcoming launch.
Most of the material featured in this edition draws on the debates that took place during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia, and takes them further. We proudly introduce the evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet drafted with the participation of many activists, and the first research outputs from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project” highlighted in the resources section.
The ninth annual IGF will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2–5 September 2014. This year’s overall theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. Major developments in global internet governance have taken place since the 2013 IGF in Bali. In spite of a busy year, some of the most difficult issues have not been resolved. APC expects that IGF 2014 will be a place for discussion on these developments, and that this IGF will be more outcome oriented than any previous IGF. Read about APC’s priorities for IGF 2014, followed by a schedule of APC activities in Istanbul.
Partners of the “End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project have participated in three regional internet governance forums (Africa IGF, Asia Pacific IGF, LAC IGF). APC interviewed our members who attended and the impact their participation had on tech-related violence against women.
Remarks from APC on the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) Initial Scoping Meeting held in Geneva on 28 August 2014
By the time most members of civil society active in internet governance heard of the NETmundial Initiative (or Alliance as it as originally termed) it was already a fait accompli. Only a few carefully selected civil society have been given a chance to participate in internet governance’s next “great event”. APC was one of the organisations that received an invitation but as we are not attending the meeting we are sharing these remarks.
APC strongly condemns the continued and arbitrary detention of Alaa Abd El Fattah and Sanaa Seif for violation of Egypt’s highly restrictive public assembly law. Today, APC sadly mourns the death of Alaa and Sanaa’s father and esteemed human rights defender and lawyer, Ahmad Seif al Islam. We call on the APC community to campaign for the release of Alaa, Sanaa and all unjustly detained activists.
Between April 2013 and June 2014, APC carried out its multi-country research project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. This project explored the availability, adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women. Below are some preliminary findings from this research.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
This report is our year in review in which we highlight the impact our work has made for human rights in the internet age. Along with APC member stories spanning the globe, the report is a look back at the network’s most significant moments in 2013.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.