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Ending violence online – focus on women's rights and safety online

JOHANNESBURG 21 September 2012 (APC)

Technology-related violence against women is increasing at an alarming rate – yet it expresses itself differently around the world. A new initiative by APC Women is helping women create safe and secure environments online in 7 different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Find out more….

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It’s OurTube: Religion-based censorship will only fuel hate speech

19 September 2012 (Bytes for All Pakistan for APCNews)

Bytes for All, Pakistan, strongly condemns hate speech on the Internet, however banning channels of communication, limiting access to information platforms, and steps to curtail free expression only serve to pave the way for politics-based control systems that curb the voices of individuals.

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Digital Storytelling as a Feminist Practice

BREMEN 13 September 2012 (Sigrid Kannengießer for GenderIT.org)

Digital storytelling provides a powerful way of using information and communication technologies to empower marginalised women. Digital stories are produced and distributed by digital media. In digital storytelling workshops, marginalized women and women’s rights activists develop a forum to tell their stories and share their experiences by producing short films about themselves.

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Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats

“Pakistan is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists,” reads a report recently produced and published by Bytes For All, Pakistan. Based on a research survey commissioned by Internews, the report takes a hard look at the awareness Pakistani journalists and bloggers have of their own digital security.

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Taking the highway to Grahamstown

GRAHAMSTOWN 7 September 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Five years back, I took the highway to Grahamstown, South Africa. I had landed in Port Elizabeth before being picked up by a Rhodes University shuttle bus. This year, Highway Africa is taking place at Rhodes in Grahamstown for the 16th time and looking at the media’s coverage of Africa’s rising.

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Victory for freedom of expression in South Korea

On the 23rd of August 2012, South Korean digital rights organisation Jinbonet won a long struggle. For the last five years, the APC member group fought an internet real name system regulation, ruled unconstitutional by the country’s highest court.

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Help shape the dialogue for the LAC Internet Governance Forum

QUITO 2 September 2012 (APC for APC)

APC is currently preparing for the 5th LAC preparatory Internet Governance Forum, to be held in Bogota, Columbia on 24-26 September 2012. We invite all actors interested in ICT for development, ICT policies and internet governance issues to help shape the dialogue agenda by completing a short survey.

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How the internet impacts human rights

MONTREAL 28 August 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Human rights play out differently on the streets than on the internet. This has been true for years, but today in age, not only are ‘internet rights’ are being promoted — they are also being violated at an astounding speed. David Souter has investigated the internet’s impacts on human rights. Also check out our infographic of his comprehensive research.

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APC calls on ICANN to prioritise human rights when deciding on new top-level domain names

MONTREAL 28 August 2012 (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications joins the Non Commercial Users Constituency in calling upon ICANN to consider human rights when deciding on new generic top-level domain names.

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Women, mobiles and rural Uganda

22 August 2012 (WOUGNET)

Every six months, WOUGNET produces an informative newsletter on issues around internet, mobile phones and other ICTs and how they are using them to make a difference. This issue explores women and ICTs in rural Uganda, and questions whether mobiles are a luxury or a necessity nowadays.

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New tip sheets help users "green" their use of technology

LONDON 20 August 2012 (GreenNet for APCNews)

GreenNet has compiled a series 5 at-a-glance tip sheets to help everyday users and IT professionals use computers in a more sustainable way. Each sheet focuses on a different issue, like purchasing or disposing electronics, and more. We hope you’ll find them useful.

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New guide: Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 17 August 2012 (Bytes for All)

B4A Pakistan has recently published new research on “Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan”, which aims to help journalists and bloggers – especially women – better understand the dangers online, and provides them with tools to communicate online in a secure way.

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Impact 2.0: New research on the use of web 2.0 for development

MONTEVIDEO 15 August 2012 (Fundación Comunica for APCNews)

New research in suggests that web 2.0 and online social networking were most used to connect research and policy in public awareness campaigns. Coordinated by Fundación Comunica, and supported by APC and IDRC, the book looks at twelve projects in Latin America.

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Macedonians under high (cyber) surveillance

SKOPJE 15 August 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Skopje is not exactly a landmark for free thinkers, social critics and other kinds of independent folks. However, that does not mean that discordant voices do not make themselves heard. A chronicle of media resistance in Macedonia.

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New regulation threatens anonymity on the internet in Ecuador

NEW YORK 15 August 2012 (AL for APCNews)

The people of Ecuador are working together to get the government to change a new regulation that will allow the state to collect users’ personal data without a warrant.

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2011 in review: APC Annual Report

JOHANNESBURG 14 August 2012 (APC for APC)

APC’s work in 2011 was flavoured with many new challenges. Huge political shifts around the world brought new meaning to our work and placed internet rights and its various forms at the centre of it. Join us, as we review the challenges and successes we faced throughout the year.

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Moving beyond the tool: ICTs in the Sustainable Development Discussion at Rio+20

WINNIPEG 14 August 2012 (Shawna Finnegan and Lisa Cyr for International Institute for Sustainable Development)

Though Rio has a long history with ICTs, dating back to the original Earth Summit in 1990 when APC set up “communications centres” for the UN, there was very little reflection at the summit 20 years later. APC’s Shawna Finnegan and Lisa Cyr report on their observations at the conference.

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Azerbaijan: Q&A on Human Rights and the Internet

BAKU 13 August 2012 (FD for APCNews)

APCNews has interviewed Rebecca Vincent, a human rights consultant who is currently working with ARTICLE 19 to coordinate the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, a coalition of international organisations working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Here’s her take on the human rights situation on Azerbaijan’s net.

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Launch of Solar Powered Long-Distance Wireless Workshop

13 August 2012

The PISCES Project workshop on Wireless Networking in the Developing World got off to a great start on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.

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Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet

GIESSEN 9 August 2012 (Alex Comninos for APC)

Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach of associations and provide powerful ways to organise peaceful assemblies. This issue paper by Alex Comninos sheds a new light on how the internet impacts the exercise of the right to freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

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