CIVICUS just launched its State of Civil Society report for 2013, “Creating an enabling environment for civil society.” APC contributed a section of the report on the state of the internet from a civil society perspective.
To publicly challenge increasing censorship, surveillance and internet filtering in Pakistan, APC member Bytes for All, and Media Legal Defense Imitative lodged a petition in the Lahore High Court in January 2013 claiming that the bans imposed on various websites were in blatant violation of civil and political rights.
Two of the most recent print editions of Global Information Society Watch are now available for on-demand ordering. Activists, academics and policy makers are encouraged to order copies of “Internet rights and democratisation” and “The internet and corruption” through a new, online service.
This Thursday at 12:00 UTC, Jennifer Radloff, Connect Your Rights! project coordinator will be joining an expert panel to discuss how social justice organisations use ICTs in their work and the digital security risks involved. The event is open to anyone registered at www.guardian.co.uk and can also be followed on Twitter at #globaldevlive.
Last week, APC attended the Fourth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Montevideo, Uruguay, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and attended a pre-event on Open Development: Exploring the future of the information society in LAC. Download and read the Declaration and Plan of action.
APC presents a Multimedia training kit on human rights and the internet, a set of modules concerned with the relationship between human rights, information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the internet. These modules can be used freely to help those who work on human rights and ICTs to understand how the internet is affecting the protection of rights.
From 19 to 22 March 2013 Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) met in Istanbul for a Training of Trainers workshop on digital security. Participants were selected by the WHRD International Coalition. With increasing online threats to the freedom of expression and association and because they are women, WHRDs face many unique threats online that can hinder their activism.
Over the past few months, EngageMedia as part of the video4change network has been developing four guides to support the work of video activists. The materials range from video security to using Android video apps. One outstanding example is “A guide on open source video editing” available here. Click for all four.
The 57th Commission on the Status of Women took place from 4 to 15 March 2013 at United Nations Headquarters under the theme “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” Setting a milestone for internet and women’s rights, this year’s conclusions include a paragraph on violence against women related to information and communication technologies.
APC’s Valeria Betancourt is undertaking research for the IDRC initiative “25 years of the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean.” As part of the research, APC will attend an event on “Open Development: Exploring the future of the information society,” in early April 2013. The ongoing project focuses on the emerging concept of open development in LAC.
Last month, Cambodia-based APC member Open Institute organised a training for students from several local academic institutions in Khmer, covering a wide range of tools like social networking for citizen journalists and FLOSS, or free and open source software. The training’s focus was to build capacity in using ICTs to promote gender equality.
From 25 – 27 February 2013, delegates from civil society, government, industry and the technical community met at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the first WSIS+10 Review meeting to discuss action “Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development.”
In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign just released a long-awaited Spanish version of its “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” Now a completely bilingual resource for human rights defenders, the interactive website publication is available in Spanish at http://derechos.apc.org/infoseguridad.
The Take Back the Tech! local campaign developed by APC member Bytes for All, Pakistan won the “innovative campaign award” from the Avon Foundation. B4A says they will continue to work on strengthening women’s use of technology to raise awareness and combat violence against women in Pakistan.
Are you member of a non-governmental or a community-based organisation? Are you an academic or a researcher? Do you work within networks or coalitions? Are you an independent blogger? If you are a sexuality rights activist and you use the internet in your work, this call is for you.
This video was developed by Bytes for All Pakistan, a country partner in the Association for Progressive Communication’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.” “Don´t cover the crimes of your harassers and report them to bring a change” is the key message of this outstanding video.
#EROTICSIndia was organised in Delhi recently by the Internet Democracy Project with APC and Point of View from Mumbai. During the many outstanding sessions developed during the encounter, it was clear that sexual and gender minorities are using the internet to advocate for sexual citizenship.
At an event hosted by APC, WAPA and Google Africa in October 2011, government officials, regulators, and industry leaders gathered to discuss the benefits of TV white spaces (TVWS). In a recent piece on this emerging issue, “TV’s white spaces connecting rural Africa” BBC News highlights outcomes from the spectrum workshop and potential unprecedented impacts on access.
This Sunday, 3 March 2012, is International Sex Worker Rights Day. As part of an ongoing campaign, APC’s projects Internet Rights are Human Rights and Take Back the Tech! are circulating a petition to protect sex workers’ rights that we will send to the UN this month. Sign it today!