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Computer Aid launches new e-waste partnership in Kenya

LONDON 28 February 2012 (Computer Aid)

As part of its ongoing work in reducing the environmental impacts of end-of-life ICTs, Computer Aid International has partnered with the WEEE Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides e-waste management in the country and region. Together, they will provide training and help develop computer recycling facilities throughout Africa.

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Papuan love letter video wins Best Documentary in South to South Film Festival

27 February 2012 (EngageMedia)

Maria Goreti, a papuan woman, was left pregnant and abandoned by an indonesian soldier. She and her 3-year-old daughter are still waiting for him to return. South to South Film Festival award-winning short film “Love letter to the Soldier” by EngageMedia tells her story.

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The Human Rights Council panel on freedom of expression and the internet

25 February 2012 (APCNews)

On Wednesday February 29th 12:00-15:00 CET (11:00-14:00 UTC), the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) will convene an expert panel in Geneva to discuss the issue of freedom of expression on the internet. This will be the first time human rights on the internet has been specifically addressed by the HRC.

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Locking up cyberspace could lead to undemocratic elections in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 24 February 2012 (Bytes for All)

The government of Pakistan currently has plans to filter the internet, which will affect freedom of expression, speech and opinion in the country. Bytes for All fears the internet will be further restricted as the 2013 general elections approach. Read the public statement by Bytes for All.

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GISWatch publication a "slice into the ICT policy pie"

JOHANNESBURG 21 February 2012 (APC for APCNews)

Since 2007, APC and Hivos have been publishing Global Information Society Watch, a yearly watch dog report wthat focuses on a new topic and rising issue each year. APC asks contributors and readers about the value of this unique publication.

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APC welcomes expert panel on freedom of expression

WELLINGTON 20 February 2012 (APC for APCNews)

On 29 February 2012, the Human Rights Council will convene an expert panel in Geneva to discuss the issue of freedom of expression on the internet. Drawing on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the panel will focus on ways to promote freedom of expression online in accordance with international human rights law.

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APC proposes human rights as the main theme of the 2012 IGF

14 February 2012 (APCNews)

Check out APC’s one-page brief on why human rights should be the main theme in 2012.

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Indonesia bans website for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

9 February 2012 (IGLHRC for APCNews)

The website for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is the latest victim of censorship in Indonesia. It joins a number of other LGBT rights organisations which have been blocked by pornography filters.

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Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM): new video and site launch

JOHANNESBURG 8 February 2012 (LC for APCNews)

The APC has been refining its Gender Evaluation Metholodolgy (GEM) since it was first elaborated in 2001. GEM can help you determine whether your project or initiative is really improving the lives of women and promoting positive change in the community you are working in.

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AWID presents significant moments for women's rights in 2011

8 February 2012 (GJ for APCNews)

A list of the significant moments for women’s rights in 2011. AWID presents a visual overview of the year through a women’s rights lens.

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Make the Connection! First winner announced

30 January 2012 (APCNews)

The first winner of the Connect Your Rights: Make the Connection contest is Charlie Parra del Riego for his hilarious SOPA Guitar Solo. To learn how you can submit your own content, check out our call for submissions.

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ICTs, climate change and development workshop

MONTEVIDEO 24 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

In partnership with the University of Manchester, APC co-hosted a workshop from January 22 – 24 in Johannesburg to discuss findings, challenges and key actions going forward on how ICTs can help mitigate climate change and help communities better adapt to the increasing changes in their local environments.

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APC launches new GreeningIT site

MONTEVIDEO 24 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

While ICTs can help the environment, they can also be harmful. APC’s GreeningIT project takes a look at the green and not so green side of ICTs to find out how they can be used more sustainably by civil society, governments, service providers and users in general.

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No copyrights without human rights - APC joins the SOPA blackout

JOHANNESBURG 18 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

On January 18th, APC joined dozens of sites and organisations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) by blacking out. These two bills, if passed, represent an unprecedented threat to the open internet as we know it, with impacts felt far beyond the borders of the United States.

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Access to the internet and human rights - thanks Vint!

WELLINGTON 16 January 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for APC)

APC responds to Vint Cerf’s recent column, “Access to the Internet is Not a Human Right”, with an open letter supporting his challenge to the technical community and engineers to put human rights to the forefront of internet design.

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New gTLD Applicant Support Programme does not go far enough

WELLINGTON 12 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the proposal, while noting that it does not go far enough in supporting developing country applicants. To be truly successful, the proposal must include provisions for greater capacity building, increased transparency and a more representative review panel which would include experts from developing countries.

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Make the Connection

OTTAWA 12 January 2012 (GJ for APCNews)

Where were you when you first “connected your rights”? The Connect your rights! campaign is calling for submissions of blogs, poems, digital stories, artwork and other visuals to help others make the connection. The top submissions will be featured on rights.apc.org

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Spectrum use in Latin America: relevant aspects, conclusions and recommendations

RIO DE JANEIRO 10 January 2012 (Carlos A. Afonso for APC)

APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In this synthesis, the project’s consultant Carlos Afonso brings together the most important aspects of the studies in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

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Take Back the Tech! campaign now a global movement

MONTEVIDEO 22 December 2011 (GenderIT.org for APC)

“A creative and revolutionary movement”, says APC’s women programme coordinator, Jac sm Kee, about the Take Back The Tech! campaign. In this editorial by GenderIT.org, it becomes evident that the campaign is already a global movement.

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Campaign Take Back The Tech! registered more than 100 cases of gender violence through ICT

MONTEVIDEO 22 December 2011 (GenderIT.org for APC)

The Take Back The Tech! campaign, run by APC WNSP, launched an interactive mapping platform which collected more than one hundred stories about gender violence online or through mobile phones. In this article by GenderIT.org, Sonia Randhawa outlines some of the tendencies that stand out when analizing the collected information.

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