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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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Pakistan: Call for clarity on terms of lifting of YouTube ban

ISLAMABAD 25 January 2016 (APCNews)

Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC demand clarity from the government of Pakistan and Google regarding the terms agreed on.

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Exploring technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya

21 January 2016 (GenderIT.org)

The DRC and Kenya are in focus in a series of country editions sharing the findings of the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online“ research.

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Moez Chakchouk at Arab IGF 2015: “People need to know that their rights are protected online”

BEIRUT 15 January 2016 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

“It is all about education, which Arab states don’t always care about. It is a matter of culture, educating the younger and also the older generations.”

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New issue paper: How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights

23 December 2015 (Avri Doria for APC)

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues surrounding strategies for cooperation with the technical community in the effort to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) on the Internet. The paper describes the framework for the analysis of the functional environment of the technical community. It later outlines some opportunities for making progress.

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New GenderIT.org edition: Locating gender at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

23 December 2015 (GenderIT.org for APCNews)

For nine years, feminist activists struggled to bring gender issues out of the peripheries at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The 2015 IGF which took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, proved that the link between gender and internet governance is being more and more recognised. This GenderIT.org edition gathers feminist reflections on the 10th IGF, pointing to evident advances as well as some still pending issues.

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Statement from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) for the WSIS+10 High Level Meeting

NEW YORK 16 December 2015 (APC for APCNews)

APC urges member states who worked so hard to reach agreement on the WSIS+10 outcome document to uphold their human rights commitments online and offline. This means ending mass surveillance, both between and within countries. And releasing journalists, activists, bloggers who have been imprisoned as result of their use of the internet for human rights and social justice.

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