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African women techies get their map on and build a greater community

CALGARY 18 October 2012 (LC for APCNews)

It is not uncommon for women and girl techies to be patronised, harassed or discouraged by male colleagues. The @AsikanaNetwork is a group of women in technology who want to provide support for each other and help further their skills in a safe environment.

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One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.

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Update on internet rights: Special GISWatch 2011 edition

MONTREAL 16 October 2012 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

This special edition of Global Information Society Watch 2011, “Internet rights and democratisation: focus on freedom of expression and association online” features updates from six countries on the state of internet rights and an introduction from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York.

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Focus on internet and human rights in South Africa: Interview with Jane Duncan

JOHANNESBURG 11 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

“South Africa has adopted some of the more problematic elements of the new post-9/11 surveillance regime, many of which have been authored in supposedly liberal democracies, while failing to incorporate key safeguards that may have been incorporated in these democracies,” says Jane Duncan in an interview for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch.

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Focus on internet and human rights in Saudi Arabia: Interview with Rafid Fatani

JOHANNESBURG 11 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

“Unfortunately I hold a pessimistic view with regards to content regulation in Saudi Arabia. That said, I think a good starting point is demanding more transparency with regards to blocked content,” says Rafid Fatani in an interview related to a forthcoming report he wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I).

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Focus on internet and human rights in Indonesia: Interview with Ferdiansyah Thajib

JOHANNESBURG 11 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

“Both the issues of human rights and the rights of internet expression are still in the margins of the mainstream political stage in Indonesia,” says Ferdiansyah Thajib in an interview related to a forthcoming report he wrote for the Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch 2011 Update I).

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Azerbaijan: Coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

BAKU 11 October 2012 (IPGA)

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan – of which APC is a member – has made a coalition submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of Azerbaijan. The report, for which APC has contributed its expertise on “restrictions on freedom of expression online” is for consideration at the 16th session of the UN Human Rights Council’s working group in April/May 2013.

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Attack on Pakistani youth activist will not shake women's rights activists

LAHORE 9 October 2012 (Nighat Dad for APCNews)

Women’s rights and tech activist Nighat Dad writes about the Taliban attack on 14-year old activist Malala Yousafzai, a young girl whom she had the privilege of working with and who has inspired her own work.

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Internet revolutionaries and conservatives meet once again

During three days at the end of September, the Colombian capital Bogota was host to the Latin American and the Caribbean fifth preparatory meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). A tale from the Latin American and Caribbean preparatory meeting to the Internet Governance Forum.

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Philippines : Supreme Court to rule on controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act

MANILA 8 October 2012 (FD for APCNews)

On October 9, the Supreme Court of the Philippines will decide on the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. This cyberlaw has been contested from day one, after internet activists had pointed to truly problematic provisions incompatible with internet rights.

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Focus on internet and human rights in Azerbaijan: Interview with Vugar Gojayev

BAKU 8 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring in 2011, government has shown much desire to regulate the internet. The uprising in the Guba district in March 2012 has shown the pivotal role that social media can play in Azerbaijani political life, Vugar Gojayev told APCNews, in an interview for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch report.

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Focus on internet and human rights in Pakistan: Interview with Bytes for All

JOHANNESBURG 3 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

The media in Pakistan has been tardy to address threats to internet freedom – especially Urdu media. There is little to no coverage of internet rights violations and censorship the electronic media, Bytes for All told APCNews about in an interview for the forthcoming Global Information Society Watch report.

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Focus on internet and human rights in Argentina: Interview with Nodo TAU

JOHANNESBURG 3 October 2012 (Alan Finlay for APCNews)

“The main issues that should be focused on in Argentina today are freedom of expression, access to information and free circulation of culture,” says Nodo TAU in an interview related to a forthcoming report they wrote for the Global Information Society Watch.

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Open source software an important political tool, says MayFirst/People Link

BOZEMAN 3 October 2012 (LC for APCNews)

APCNews speaks to Jamie McClellan, director of member organisation May First/People Link about the political importance of using free and open sourse software.

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Internet and the UN Human Rights Council: The good, the bad and the road ahead

WELLINGTON 25 September 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for IRHR)

It’s been a year of increasing debates about the internet and human rights among governments in the UN. Read this account of the main developments since 2011 and the challenges ahead.

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Communicating research for influence: Strategies and challenges for bringing about change

JOHANNESBURG 21 September 2012 (APC for APCNews)

Communicating research for influence is not easy. We designed this manual based on our success stories and challenges in communicating research for influence. We translated our knowledge and expertise into tips that other organisations or campaigners may find useful.

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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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