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Post-WCIT civil society statement: A way forward

RIO DE JANEIRO 14 December 2012 (APCNews)

At a recent civil society workshop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, co-organised by APC with Global Partners, NUPEF Institute and the Fundação Getulio Vargas, groups from the region looked beyond the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai (WCIT) and outlined the following positive principles for constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue.

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New paper from APC and the Internet Society connects internet protocols and human rights

BERLIN 13 December 2012 (Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria for APC)

“Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.

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Open Letter: Civil society hampered in its ability to contribute to WCIT

DUBAI 11 December 2012 (Civil society)

In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.

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South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation

JOHANNESBURG 11 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.

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Congo: Government response on domestic violence under the spotlight

7 December 2012 (FF for APCNews)

The recently launched online mapping platform developed by the Association for Progressive Communications in partnership with APC member AZUR Developpement under the Africatti project, will contribute to holding the Congo government accountable on domestic violence in a country where serious incidents of gender based violence and human rights violations take place.

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Online and offline sex worker rights are human rights

6 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

APC’s Connect Your Rights campaign is teaming up with the global campaign Take Back The Tech – fighting violence against women – on its 12th day of action (from 16). We are offering three stories to make the case for urgent action on sex worker rights, online and offline. Read more and be sure to sign our petition.

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Uganda anti homosexuality bill boomeranging back on the web

KAMPALA 5 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Do you remember the culture jamming actions against official websites in Uganda last August? Anonymous activists managed to modify content on presidential and governmental websites in a way that showed the government as apologizing to the Ugandan LGBT community for repeated persecution of gays and lesbians. Just a few months later, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is there again and it could be passed into law imminently.

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Activism, fundraising and security online: facets of the feminist cyborg

4 December 2012 (FF for APCNews)

A webinar hosted by the African Feminist Forum and the Association for Progressive Communications addressed issues such as security online, activism and fundraising as relevant aspects for the empowerment of the feminist cyborg.

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APC's Anriette Esterhuysen a finalist for IT personality of the year

JOHANNESBURG 1 December 2012 (IT web online)

Now in its 34th year, the IT Personality of the Year recognises a person who has made an outstanding impact on the South African ICT industry and a significant contribution to the ICT profession. Among this year’s five finalists (out of 10 nominees) was APC Executive director, Anriette Esterhuysen.

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Statement of the WHRD International Coalition on Women Human Rights Defenders Day

30 November 2012 (WHRD International Coalition)

On the occasion of November 29th, Women Human Rights Defenders Day, the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition stands in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women activists around the world who – with exemplary courage, determination, and strength, uphold women’s human rights, the rights of communities, and of the environment.

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Syria's internet shutdown violates international human rights law

30 November 2012 (APCNews)

At 10:26 UTC on November 29th, Syria’s international internet connectivity was shut down. APC strongly condemns this shut down, which threatens the safety and security of the Syrian people, and clearly violates international human rights law.

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Take Back the Tech! campaigners sending its message loud and clear

29 November 2012 (FF for APCNews)

This year’s Take Back the Tech! campaign started with a renewed liveliness. Colnodo, Bytes for All, Foundation for Media Alternatives, Si Jeunesse Savait, OneWorldsee and Mexico partners from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project are promoting a number of activities that call to end violence against women and to promote empowering online spaces for women and girls.

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"Access is my right" campaign for a Pakistan free of censorship and surveillance

28 November 2012 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

This campaign launched by APC member Bytes for All from Pakistan is a call for larger human rights movement in the country and citizens to fight the ongoing censorship as it will further take its toll on already compromised civil liberties in the country. All individuals are invited to join the movement and protest by sharing the campaign visuals over the internet.

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Violence against women and ICTs: Map it! End it!

27 November 2012 (FF for APCNews)

Have you or other women you know experienced violence against women online or through the use of information and communications technologies such as mobile phones and the internet? You get into action to end violence against women and map the incident. Come and join us to unmask online violence with just a few clicks.

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Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender

23 November 2012 (Sonia Randhawa for APCNews)

This year’s Internet Governance Forum came to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan on 9 November. GenderIT.org contributor Sonia Randhawa spoke to three women about their experiences at the IGF, and whether any progress is being made in terms of the representation of women, and the prominence of women’s rights and gender as cross-cutting issues for internet governance.

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Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act

22 November 2012 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

Take Back the Tech! From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, take part in the 16 days of activism and take control of technology to tell, listen and share transformative stories. Document, inspire, converse and collectively envision the end to violence against women.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Violence is too costly for women and girls

KINSHASA 22 November 2012 (Si Jeunesse Savait)

As the world is about to celebrate 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, and following the taking of Goma and Sake, two cities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo by the M23 rebels, the young feminist and congolese organisation Si Jeunesse Savait is concerned by recent developments in the situation, which echoes through the media.

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Landmark report on women’s rights on the internet

BUENOS AIRES 22 November 2012 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APC WNSP)

Women may not have been an active part of policy-­making conversations when internet governance started, but the rapid pace of change online means they need to participate now to ensure that the future of the internet is shaped taking into account women’s rights. Read a report about “Women’s Rights on the Internet” on UNICEF’s The World We Want 2015 platform.

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2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” launched during the IGF

PERGAMINO 16 November 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APC and Hivos launched the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a joint presentation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Internet & Society Co:llaboratory.

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‘Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online’: register now for AFF and APC webinar

15 November 2012 (African Feminist Forum)

Registration is open to this webinar organised by the African Feminist Forum and the Association for Progressive Communications, taking place on Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM GMT. It will examine the idea of the feminist cyborg, at home both online and offline, and her activism is reflected in her online life as well as in what she does offline.

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