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Korea: Women’s privacy in danger through surveillance and leaking of private information

15 January 2014 (Shehla Rashid Shora for GenderIT.org)

“Digitising social welfare: Challenges of privacy” GISWatch report from Korea points out instances where women have leveraged even non-political internet forums to discuss socio-political issues. However, in this interview with Yeo-Kyung Chang, who works with Jinbonet, author Shehla Rashid Shora also remarks how several government policies are exposing women to privacy violations and related abuse.

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Internet rights in Ecuador: Activists against surveillance

15 January 2014 (AL and VB, APC for Digital Rights)

A coalition of internet users successfully advocated for the elimination of an article from Ecuador’s new criminal code that legalised massive communications surveillance. In this article for the LAC Digital Rights newsletter, APC’s policy team talks about its advocacy process.

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Pakistan's internet landscape

ISLAMABAD 14 January 2014 (BytesForAll)

APC member in Pakistan Bytes For All released the first ever comprehensive report mapping Pakistan’s past, present and possible future online. The report outlines internet control mechanisms deployed by the government and highlights existing legislation and its application in relation to the internet.

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Take Back the Tech! completes 2013 campaign on private and public spaces

20 December 2013 (TBTT for APCNews)

Take Back the Tech! campaign just completed a successful campaign as part of 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence. This year’s campaign focused on how concepts of public and private affect ICTs and violence against women. Campaigners around the world led events, created eye-catching graphics and penned useful documents.

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APC closed for the holidays

NEW YORK 19 December 2013 (AL)

The APC office will be closed from December 24 – January 1st for the end of year holidays. We wish you peace and solidarity in the new year!

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GenderIT.org edition - GISWatch 2013 sets the agenda for women’s rights, gender and ICTs

13 December 2013 (GenderIT.org)

Women’s ability to set policy agendas is key to internet governance, and we work constantly to subvert existing power relations with GenderIT.org. It is also the focus of this year’s GISWatch, which GenderIT.org covers in its latest edition.

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WHRD International Coalition and AWID launch recommendations to enhance the protection and security of WHRDs

11 December 2013 (WHRD IC and AWID for AWID)

In celebration of UN Human Rights Day this December 10th the Urgent Responses Working Group of the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) International Coalition, in collaboration with AWID, released the Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs.

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WSIS+10: APC attends open consultation meeting

JOHANNESBURG 9 December 2013 (APCNews)

On 16 December APC will be presenting research findings on civil society perceptions around WSIS, as part of the third phase of the multi-stakeholder open consultation towards the WSIS+10 high-level event.

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Internet intermediaries and violence against women

9 December 2013 (Carly Nyst for GenderIT.org)

This series of blog posts was written by Carly Nyst, lawyer and director of Privacy International’s work in developing countries. It was produced as a part of APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”, exploring the responsibility of intermediaries to ensure that the internet is a space that empowers, rather than subjugates, women.

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Wireless workshop in Nicaragua

MERIDA 6 December 2013 (Lourdes Pietrosemoli for EsLaRed)

The 16th Workshop on Networking Technologies for Latin America and the Caribbean (WALC), organised by EsLaRed Foundation, took place at the National Engineering University of Managua, Nicaragua on 14-18 October 2013.

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Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy

NEW YORK 5 December 2013 (AL for APCNews)

On 26 November, a committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on “privacy in the digital age,” which is already being used by human rights advocates to promote better legislation.

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APC at ICT and Development Conference 2013

CAPE TOWN 5 December 2013 (AG for APCNews)

The sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development will take place from 7-10 December in Cape Town, South Africa. APC members, members and partners will be attending. Find out more about our activities.

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"We have to gain more ground with human rights advocacy organisations": Interview with WGNRR

3 December 2013 (Florencia Flores for GenderIT.org)

On 21 September 2013 the website of the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women was attacked and taken down after the launch of a campaign to legalise abortion. Vanessa Coria Castilla, Director of Programs and Advocacy for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), shared some thoughts on the persecution faced by women’s organisations globally and in Latin America.

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"If we don't stop these attacks, we run the risk of being left without a voice": Interview with RSMLAC

3 December 2013 (Florencia Flores for GenderIT.org)

The attack on the website of Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women (RSMLAC in Spanish) confirms that we need to constantly defend the rights of women. Here, in a special interview for GenderIT.org, we talk with Sandra Castañeda Martínez, general coordinator of the RSMLAC, who helps us visualize the scale of violence on the internet today.

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Security in a box: Africa survey

3 December 2013 (APCNews)

Tactical Tech have begun a process of creating “context guides” which make the guide more accessible for certain communities at risk. The idea of this survey is to help create and improve a guide for LGBTI activists from Africa, which would help communities understand the need for healthy digital security practices by demonstrating the risks they face and presenting best practices. Fill it in!

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Urgent appeal against Japan's secret-protection legislation

TOKYO 2 December 2013 (JCAFE and JCA-NET)

APC members Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) and Japan Computer Access Network (JCA-NET) are calling the international community to campaign against the State Secret Protection Bill, which is being promoted by Japan’s ruling party and hopes to pass this week, 6 December.

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Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette

28 November 2013 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

APC member Bytes for All has released “Social Media Ethics and Etiquette,” a booklet (v1.0) as a part of the 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign. Its a compilation of best practices for social media ethics and etiquette, though rather than an authority on online behaviour, it provides guiding principles. Click to download the PDF.

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APC denounces arrest of activists in Egypt

28 November 2013 (APC for APCNews)

Yesterday, Egyptian authorities issued warrants for the arrest of top secular activists who organised demonstrations against a law passed earlier this week by the military-backed government that bans public political gatherings of ten or more people. APC denounces these heavy-handed measures and call for the immediate withdrawal of the warrant for arrest of Abdel-Fattah and others who have simply acted to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

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New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians

QUITO 26 November 2013 (Valeria Betancourt for APCNews)

Article 474 of the new Ecuadorian criminal code legalises systematic surveillance of internet communications, flagrantly violating citizens’ rights to privacy. Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, analyses the problematic aspects of the article.

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Monitoring internet freedom in New Zealand

WELLINGTON 25 November 2013 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

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