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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 (Flavia Fascendini 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 (Mallory Knodel 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 (Flavia Fascendini 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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LAC IGF: Help us shape the discussion

MONTEVIDEO 28 June 2013 (LAC IGF)

The next LAC Internet Governance Forum will be held in Argentina from 27-29 of August. In preparation for the event, the organisers launched a public survey to define and structure the agenda.

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Ecuador's new Communications Law: Progress on access and spectrum allocation, but a reverse for freedom of expression

MONTEVIDEO 27 June 2013 (AL for APCNews)

Ecuador has approved a communications law that recognises the right of universal access to information and communication technologies (ICT) and fairly apportions the frequency spectrum; on the other hand, it poses a threat to freedom of expression.

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Freedom of expression under threat in Macedonia

JOHANNESBURG 27 June 2013 (AG for APCNews)

APC and Metamorphosis Foundation made a joint-submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in light of recent legislative threats to freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of press, privacy and security, and hate speech.

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APC leaders inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame

MONTREAL 26 June 2013 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

APC Executive Director Anriette Esterhusyen and Finance Manager Karen Banks have been inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame. They were honoured in the category of Global Connectors as individuals who have made significant contributions to the global growth and use of the internet.

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Freedom Online Coalition: Governments should take action to protect rights

TUNISIA 25 June 2013 (APCNews)

APC and other civil society organisations participating at the Freedom Online Conference called governments to protect the human rights of all people online, not just those of their own citizens.

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Mike Jensen joins APC's policy programme

MONTREAL 18 June 2013 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Originally from South Africa and now living in rural Bahia, the newest staff member of APC’s policy programme has actually been a part of APC since before the network was officially formed.

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