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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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South Sudan: The #OSJUBA event stresses early moves by net activists

Imagine a city torn by war, overwhelmed with daily influx of people from the countryside, becoming the capital of a country from one day to the next. And then picture crazy computer people ruffled together in an abandoned supermarket, thousands of kilometres away, in another city, trying to fix the first city. These two images put together are called #OSJUBA. OS for open source and Juba for the capital of the latest country in the world, South Sudan.

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A practical guide to sustainable IT

JOHANNESBURG 7 August 2012 (Paul Mobbs for APC)

This practical guide by Paul Mobbs offers a detailed, “hands-on” introduction to thinking about sustainable computing holistically; from make buying technology, through to the software and peripherals you use; how you store and work with information, manage your security, save power, and maintain and dispose of your old hardware, etc.

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Who controls the Internet? Final statement of the Pan African Civil Society Workshop

NAIROBI 2 August 2012 (Anriette Esterhuysen for APC)

From July 26-27, diverse civil society organisations from the human rights, media and ICT policy sectors met in Nairobi to discuss “Who controls the internet” at a Pan African Civil Society workshop. This is their final statement.

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Internet rights at the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review: responses and follow-up

27 July 2012 (Shawna for APCNews)

In May 2012, APC supported participation in the 13th session of the UPR by members and networks from Ecuador, India, Brazil, South Africa and the Philippines, following stakeholder report submissions made in late 2011. Several governments expressed interest in internet-related issues, including the right to information, freedom of expression, and cybersecurity.

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Connect Your Rights! New and upcoming challenges

26 July 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for www.derechoshumanoseninternet.org )

In the past months many liberal democracies, such as the USA and the United Kingdom, have adopted repressive measures and made clear attempts to the free and democratic participation of people online. In parallel, activists all around the world are using the internet and social networks to denounce these rights abuses and work together to create more just and efficient legislations.

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Have you watched our videos on spectrum for development yet?

PERGAMINO 25 July 2012 (FF for APCNews)

Together with CIESPAL and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), APC has developed seven videos that explain what radio spectrum is and how it can affect our rights.

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Create, connect, transform: Allied Media Conference engages media & communications tools to improve communities

13 July 2012 (Lisa Cyr and Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

From June 28th to July 1st 2012, grassroots organisations from the US, Canada and Mexico, came together at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, Michigan to “cultivate strategies for a more just and creative world.”

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APC announces new project: “End violence: women's rights and safety online”

BUENOS AIRES 11 July 2012 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APC)

APC starts a new project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online” based on experience and knowledge gathered in past years. What shows, and organisations providing support services to victims of violence have indicated, is that for evidence-building to be effective, a better system for documenting technology-related violations is needed.

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