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The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador

14 April 2016 (APC for APCNews)

A leaked document shows that the Ecuadorian government of Rafael Correa in collaboration with the private sector has the technical ability, and the willingness, to block and censor websites throughout the national territory.

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Ending digital exclusion: Why the access divide persists and how to close it

JOHANNESBURG 13 April 2016 (APCNews)

In a new policy paper from APC, we unpack the underlying causes of limited connectivity, the shortcomings of current initiatives, and propose a set of policy responses to address the access gap.

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Joint statement to Brazilian congress: Drop dangerous cybercrime bills

1 April 2016 (Various)

In this statement, the undersigned gathered at RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016, express their concern with the recent attempts by Brazilian legislators to undermine the rights guaranteed by the Civil Rights Framework for the Internet and their objection to the serious and unacceptable setbacks being proposed by the parliamentary Inquiry Commission on Cybercrimes.

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APC's reflections on the 2015 Internet Governance Forum: 10 years and looking forward

31 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

In this report, APC reviews what worked well and what didn’t at the 2015 IGF held in João Pessoa, Brazil. The overall theme of the IGF was “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. After a decade of active engagement with the forum, read our critiques, and recommendations looking forward to this year’s IGF.

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APC condemns undermining of democracy in Brazil

29 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications expresses its concern at the rapidly unfolding political events in Brazil which constitute an attack on democracy and due process. We express solidarity with the people of Brazil in general and in particular with our friends and colleagues, including APC organisational member Nupef, the Brazilian Internet Steering Group (CGI.br) and the many Brazilian civil society organisations we work with.

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EXLILA: What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America?

28 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

What is the state of internet freedoms in Latin America? That is the main question that our partners in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Paraguay set out to answer, as part of the Examining Internet Freedoms in Latin America (EXLILA) project.

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Updated: APC at RightsCon 2016

MONTREAL 23 March 2016 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC staff and members will be in San Francisco next week for RightsCon Silicon Valley. The schedule is overflowing with sessions on internet rights, 17 of which are ours!

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Digital convergence: Global trends in broadband and broadcast media concentration

18 March 2016 (Mike Jensen for APCNews)

Advances in the use of ICTs have huge potential to offer better access to information and more freedom of expression, but these technology advances are also leading to growing consolidation and cross-ownership of electronic media platforms, built on the convergence of broadcast and broadband media.

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Design for a feminist internet (PDF)

MONTREAL 17 March 2016 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

The Feminist Principles of the Internet is a document that articulates feminist analysis around crucial tech­‐related topics such as privacy, data, anonymity, online violence, and access. We are looking for a graphic designer to inspire our ongoing campaign.

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CIPESA: "The African Declaration is key to reach a common understanding of online rights policy"

15 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

“A fundamental challenge in the digital age is how to protect human rights and freedoms on the Internet, and the African continent is no exception.” To know more about the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, APC has talked to CIPESA, an organisation that works in promoting effective and inclusive ICTs in Africa.

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Balancing rights and interests: Best practices to counter online abuse and violence

11 March 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

The IGF Best Practice Forum on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in November 2015. Representatives of civil society, academia and the private sector went through some of the key highlights and recommendations from the BPF but opened it up at different junctures for inputs and responses.

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At the Internet Freedom Festival: "Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders are under threat in Pakistan"

VALENCIA 9 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

“Political expression, minorities, human rights defenders, journalists are under threat in Pakistan.” This was the message stressed at the beginning of a session organised by Bytes for All, Pakistan, on the state of surveillance and censorship in the country, at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain.

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Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee

7 March 2016 (Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications)

Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications have on-going concerns on the practices of surveillance by South African intelligence and law enforcement agencies. In this submission, the organisations provide the Committee with additional, up to date information to that contained in the briefing submitted to the Committee in April 2015.

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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 31st session

NEW YORK 4 March 2016 (Deborah Brown and Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

The 31st session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 29 February to 25 March 2016 in Geneva. Internet rights will be discussed in the context of children’s rights and child sexual exploitation and information and communication technologies, management of peaceful assembly, preventing and countering violent extremism online, and cultural rights and digital preservation.

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Internet Freedom Festival, a civil society response to censorship and surveillance

VALENCIA 3 March 2016 (APC for APCNews)

“Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance” is the motto of the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia on 1-6 March.

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EMPOWER Malaysia: "The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information"

29 February 2016 (APC for APCNews)

This was the message sent by Malaysian human rights group EMPOWER, in reaction to the latest internet censorship developments in the country.

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Rights groups respond to internet shutdown in Uganda during national elections

24 February 2016 (Access Now, et al. for APCNews)

On the morning of national elections, 18 February, Ugandan internet users were blocked from using Twitter, Facebook, and other communications platforms until three days later. Kampala-based APC member CIPESA along with Access Now and other civil society groups around the world called for renewed respect for human rights in the wake of this violation.

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Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion increasingly taking place online, impacting women and sexual minorities

17 February 2016 (APC and Bytes for All, Pakistan)

Violations of freedom of expression in the name of religion, are increasingly taking place online, and disproportionally impact women and sexual minorities.

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Latin American civil society experts discuss media concentration and digital convergence in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO 4 February 2016 (APC / OBSERVACOM for APCNews)

Thirty civil society experts from eight Latin American countries are gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay, to discuss media concentration and identify the policy and regulatory strategies needed to strengthen media plurality in this new environment.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign finalist in the 2016 Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

1 February 2016 (The Womanity Foundation)

The Womanity Foundation will provide three years of support to two awardees that will be announced in May 2016. APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign is honoured to be a finalist for the Womanity Award together with its scale-up partner La Sandia Digital from Mexico and their project Luchadoras, and congratulates all the other finalists of this prestigious award.

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