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Carlos Afonso delivers the opening speech at CSTD 16th session

JOHANNESBURG 6 June 2013 (APCNews)

Carlos Afonso of APC’s member organisation in Brazil, Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação (Nupef), delivers a compelling opening speech at the 16th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in Geneva, 3-7 June 2013.

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Macedonian government moves to limit online free speech and increase State control of the media

JOHANNESBURG 3 June 2013 (AG for APCNews)

Answer an urgent call for support for Metamorphosis Foundation in their efforts to fight for internet and human rights of Macedonia’s citizens.

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Call for applications to participate in the First African School on Internet Governance in Durban

JOHANNESBURG 3 June 2013 (APCNews)


The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme are pleased to announce the call for applications for the first African School on Internet Governance to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 10-12 July 2013.

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Event: TV white spaces Africa forum

DAKAR 30 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

From May 30-31st community wireless activists, regulators, and business are gathered in Dakar, Senegal, discussing the potential TV spectrum that can potentially be used locally in Africa, in an event co-organized by APC. Follow the discussion on Twitter #tvwsAfrica

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Event: State surveillance in the digital age: the implications for freedom of expression and the right to privacy

GENEVA 29 May 2013 (APCNews)

APC, together with Privacy International and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is hosting a side-event to the Human Rights Council on State surveillance and human rights on Tuesday, June 4.

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How funny is this, Facebook?

PERGAMINO 24 May 2013 (FF for APCNews)

“Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” is this campaign’s call that asks companies whose publicity appears on explicitly violent Facebook pages and profiles to help pressure the social networking platform to re-examine its response to violence against women and girls.

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PRESS RELEASE: Improve participation, planning and allocation: APC's comments to the South African national broadband policy

JOHANNESBURG 22 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

In April 2013, the South African government published their proposal for a national broadband policy with the aim of ensuring “universal service and access to reliable, affordable and secure broadband services by all citizens prioritising, rural and under-serviced areas.” These are the comments officially submitted by APC.

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Press release: Freedom of expression and hate speech continue to dominate internet rights discourse at UPR

BOGOTÁ 21 May 2013 (Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

Between 22 April and 3 May 2013, the UN Human Rights Council held the 16th session of its Universal Periodic Review. APC, together with its members and partners, developed submissions for the inclusion of internet-related human rights issues in the recommendations made for the reviews of Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Canada and Colombia.

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World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Closing statement by civil society

17 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

From 14-16 May the World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum took place in Geneva. APC and other civil society representatives presented a closing statement calling on the International Telecommunication Union and all participating governments to ensure transparency, openness and inclusivity in their policy processes. Read the statement.

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Participation in Cyber Stewards network reinforces Colnodo's work on tech-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 17 May 2013 (FF for APCNews)

The Cyber Stewards network organised a meeting that took place on 17-18 March 2013. APC member Colnodo took part in a workshop at the meeting, themed “Governance without government in cyberspace?” Colnodo’s participation in the network strengthens Colnodo’s work in the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project in Colombia.

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New coalition to TPP negotiators: This is what a Fair Deal looks like

MONTREAL 16 May 2013 (MK for APCNews)

Today, APC along with a coalition of organisations representing a diversity of interests have come together from around the world to ask for A Fair Deal on intellectual property (IP) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Click to read our joint press release.

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APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society

BOGOTA 16 May 2013 (Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

APC has released a new issue paper, “A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?” For the release of this issue paper, author Alex Comninos spoke with APC’s Shawna Finnegan about cybersecurity, ICTs for human security and conflict prevention, and the challenges faced by civil society.

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WSIS Forum: Dialogue on integrating gender equality, women's empowerment and ICT

PERGAMINO 15 May 2013 (FF for APCNews)

Many gender equality and women’s empowerment related events are taking place at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva. Jac sm Kee from APC Women’s Rights Programme participated in the High Level Dialogue on “Women’s Empowerment in the Information Society: Systemic, Scalable Strategies.”

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2013 WSIS Forum: Events on gender equality and women’s empowerment

GENEVA 13 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

If you are planning to attend the World Summit on the Information Society Forum taking place from May 13-17 in Geneva, either in person or remotely, here you can find a compilation of all the events focusing on women’s rights.

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APC at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013

GENEVA 13 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The ICT for development community is gathering in Geneva from 13-17 May 2013 to discuss the implementation of WSIS documents and principles. Read more about APC’s participation in the Geneva meetings.

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World Telecommunications/ICT Policy Forum: Civil society calls for an open and participatory internet policy making

NYC 10 May 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC will participate in the upcoming World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum, taking place in Geneva from 14-16 May. APC endorses statements submitted by members of civil society involved in the process, and calls the International Telecommunications Union to consider them as a key input for the Forum. Read the documents.

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Women in the Information Society: Participating in development and ICT policy

10 May 2013 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for Info 25)

One of the main complaints by women during the discussions at the World Summit on the Information Society focused on the need for more women to participate in decisions about the development of the Internet, and the discussion and implementation of public policies aimed at building an inclusive information society, without discrimination based on gender or any other grounds.

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UN Working Group report addresses tech-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 10 May 2013 (FF for APCNews)

The UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Public Life launched its thematic report, which received inputs from various stakeholders, among them APC. The final report reflects how women are participating online, some of the ways in which discrimination is taking place and the impact of that discrimination.

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“Yes, this happened to me”: Making progress toward recognition of technology related violence

7 May 2013 (FF for APCNews)

APC and its seven country partners have achieved milestones after their first year of work on the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.” APCNews interviewed Jan Moolman, project coordinator, about the main highlights of this first year and the challenges and expectations for the year ahead.

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Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights

MONTREAL 3 May 2013 (MK for APCNews)

“Who controls the web? On whose behalf? How free are we really to access content?” These are questions that are being asked and answered by a global, crowd-sourced film project. Instituto Nupef, APC member in Brazil, has launched a collaborative documentary film project.

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