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UPDATE: APC down time over the weekend of 2 to 4 August

JOHANNESBURG 9 August 2013 (Anriette Esterhuysen for APCNews)

Since 10 am on Thursday 1 August 2013, connectivity problems at the data centre where APC servers are hosted through our member, GreenNet, affected most of our websites, email and mailing lists. This appears to be caused by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and a loss of routing to GreenNet’s network.

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The internet is an important public sphere for advancement of sexual rights

7 August 2013 (FF for APCNews)

Has the internet become an indispensable tool for feminist and LGBTQI advocacy? How savvy are sexual rights activists in handling the legal and technical issues that come along when they use the internet? How do they negotiate online threats and restrictions? Activists from around the world addressed these and other questions through a global online survey.

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APC statement on Bradley Manning: Guilty verdict a new low for US human rights

NEW YORK 6 August 2013 (APC for APCNews)

APC stands in solidarity with Bradley Manning, a whistleblower who has been convicted in a military court on Espionage Act violations after leaking intelligence information on the Iraq War, where he worked in information systems as an intelligence analyst.

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Obama, protect whistleblowers and journalists

WASHINGTON DC 5 August 2013 (IFEX)

APC has joined other 150 organisations in their appeal to US President Obama to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden, update the Whistleblower Protection Act and pass a media shield law.

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Ecuador’s communications law: With a view toward a more democratic regulation

NEW YORK 1 August 2013 (AL for Digital Rights)

APC wrote an analysis of the latest communication’s law in Ecuador for the newsletter Digital Rights, focusing on both problems and opportunities that its implementation will imply.

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Surveillance in the US: Stop discrimination against non-US persons

NEW YORK 31 July 2013 (BestBits)

APC and other civil society organisations are concerned about the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting. Join them and sign the petition.

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Derechos Digitales Chile joins the APC community

NEW YORK CITY 29 July 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC has a new member from Latin America that has been working during the last years for more equal intellectual property policies in the country, regionally and globally. We talked with Claudio Ruiz and Alberto Cerda about the history and the present of the orgnanisation.

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Sex on the internet: GenderIT.org covers sexual agency and rights, networking, safety online

25 July 2013 (FF for GenderIT.org)

The latest GenderIT edition draws on the groundbreaking survey of APC’s EROTICS project and probes specific realities in different countries, including the value of the internet in sexual rights advocacy, online challenges faced by sexual rights activists and the role of network building in resisting online threats and content regulation.

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Coalition launches alternative to secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership

MONTREAL 24 July 2013 (MK for APCNews)

The Fair Deal Coalition has launched “Your Digital Future”, a new initiative that will give internet users a platform to discuss what copyright should look like under the TPP.

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Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law

24 July 2013 (Nadine Moawad for APCNews)

Jordanians speak up and take action against the government’s attempts to regulate and licence online “news websites”. Internet freedom activists have stressed the law’s restriction on freedom of expression and have called the licencing scheme that the law proposes obsolete and undemocratic.

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July 25th is #orangeday: Take action for safer online spaces for women and girls

PERGAMINO 23 July 2013 (FF for APCNews)

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign joins the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which in July is dedicated to promoting “Cyber Space as Safe Space for Women and Girls.” Join the action!

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Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government - an open letter

18 July 2013 (Shahzad Ahmad for Bytes For All Pakistan)

Responding to claims made by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), that Facebook is assisting the government to filter and block “undesirable” content, Bytes for All, Pakistan has written an open letter to the Global Network Initiative (GNI), of which Facebook is a member, seeking support to investigate these claims.

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Human rights watchdog just doing its job

WELLINGTON 17 July 2013 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s funding is under threat after the Commission commented on the human rights issues proposed in the new surveillance law.

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Call for Participation: Online Training Programme on Internet Governance and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

17 July 2013 (igmena.org)

Deadline for applications for the IGMENA online training programme is next Monday, 22 July 2013. All public and private sector employees as well as bloggers, journalists, human rights activists, scholars, researchers and students interested in internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa should apply!

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First African School on internet governance yields 35 graduates

JOHANNESBURG 16 July 2013 (APC for APCNews)

Participants from more than fifteen African countries successfully completed a three-day training event organised the NEPAD Agency’s e-Africa Programme and APC.

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Gender-based violence in Congo-Brazzaville: APC News interviews Sylvie Niombo

JOHANNESBURG 15 July 2013 (APC Nouvelles)

APC News interviews Sylvie Niombo of AZUR Développement about the Africatti project whose objective is to hold governments accountable for the fight against gender-based violence. Niombo describes the lack of policies on gender-based violence in Congo-Brazzaville and its effect on access by women to justice for gender-based violence.

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AfriSIG 2013: 10-12 July, Durban, South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 9 July 2013 (AG for APCNews)

The APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme are proud to present the first African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 10-12 July 2013.

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We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance

8 July 2013 (Carly Nyst for The Guardian)

Privacy International’s Carly Nyst talks about PI’s legal action against the British government for co-operating with the US’ NSA/Prism programme and the Orwellian Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an opaque layer of the British legal system.

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Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action

8 July 2013 (Korean Progressive Network 'Jinbonet')

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

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APC at the West Africa IGF

5 July 2013 (APCNews)

From July 3-5, activists, academics, government and private sector representatives are gathered together at the sixth WAIFG in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire. APC is presenting its work on TV White Spaces and innovative use of spectrum. Follow it on Twitter: #WAIGF

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