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Enhancing cooperation among stakeholders in internet governance

GENEVA 17 May 2012 (APC for APCNews)

APC calls for the establishment of an Internet Governance Forum working group to develop a multi-stakeholder declaration on enhanced cooperation.

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New guide for policy makers on ICTs and climate change

MANCHESTER 17 May 2012 (Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina (Ed) for Unversity of Manchester)

The University of Manchester has released a new guide on ICTs and climate change in developing countries that aims to help policy makers and climate change officers in their decision-making process. It outlines issues, priorities, benefits, risks, and more.

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"Responsible science must guide action, not dogmatism," says researcher

CALGARY 16 May 2012 (LC for APCNews)

The LAC region faces many water-related issues – from drought and flooding to hurricanes and landslides. A new book commissioned by APC and the IRDC examines how ICTs can help alleviate climate and weather-related stress in these areas. APC talks to LAC regional author, Gilles Cliche, about his findings.

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Connect Your Rights! - The video

MONTREAL 16 May 2012 (APC)

“Connect Your Rights!” is the take-home message from this short video. Developed for the APC-campaign Connect Your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights, the video provides you with a quick and clear understanding of why human rights on the internet matter. Watch now.

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GISWatch has won the ITU-awarded WSIS project prize 2012

MONTREAL 16 May 2012 (MK for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications, in close cooperation with APC members, networks and civil society groups, is pleased to accept the WSIS Project Prize from the International Telecommunications Union for the achievements of the GISWatch project in “the role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICT for development.”

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Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided

GULU 11 May 2012 (FD for APCNews)

“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a statement put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rights organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.

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Women human rights defenders & the digital security concerns

11 May 2012 (APC)

Take this brief survey to help three NGOs understand women human rights defenders’ experiences and views on online security. All responses are anonymised and will help inform the work of activists. Survey closes May 18!

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New release: The OpenNet Initiative's 2011 Year in Review

CAMBRIDGE 8 May 2012 (Qichen Zhang for ONI Blog)

The OpenNet Initiative released its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year’s top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. The spotlight was on the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US and on Asian and Middle Eastern countries and regimes as well as European and American companies for their role in internet censorship.

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Water-related stress and ICTs: New publication includes developing country experiences

JOHANNESBURG 8 May 2012 (Alan Finlay and Edit Adera for APC)

This new report by APC and IDRC is a collection of reports that looks at how ICTs can be used to help communities in developing countries facing water stress adapt to climate change. It draws on current experiences in the field of water management and sustainability, and brings a perspective from the ICT for development (ICT4D) sector.

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Freedom of expression and the internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?

MONTREAL 4 May 2012 (FD for APCNews)

How do we reconcile theory and practice when it comes to freedom of expression and the internet? From May 14 to 18, Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops, one of them about freedom of expression and the internet.

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WSIS Forum 2012: TV White Spaces on the agenda

PERGAMINO 4 May 2012 (FF for APCNews)

From 14-18 May Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops on May 17th, one of them under the subject Television White Spaces.

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APC goes back to its roots: ICTs and the environment at the heart of APC's work

CALGARY 1 May 2012 (LC for APCNews)

As a progressive network, the environment has been at the heart of the work of many APC members, and began its work on the GreeningIT project in 2008. APC talks to Alan Finlay, project coordinator for GreeningIT, about APC’s work in the area of ICTs and the environment.

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Job posting: Privacy International seeks Head of International Advocacy

29 April 2012 (Privacy International for APCNews)

Privacy International is seeking a Head of International Advocacy to represent the organization in the media and at conferences and events around the world, and administer our ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project. Click for the full job description and person specification.

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2012 Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group members announced

MONTREAL 27 April 2012 (MK for APCNews)

Announced this week, APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen and Lillian Nalwoga from APC member organisation Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) were appointed to the 2012 Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Group (IGF MAG).

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Poland: Acting Together Against ACTA

POZNAŃ 26 April 2012 (FD for APCNews)

Recent human rights battles have shown the world that Poland’s civil society is alive and kicking. APCNews contacted Michał “rysiek” Woźniak, chairman of the Free and Open Source Foundation, to discuss human rights, the internet and ACTA.

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Nancy Hafkin inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

MONTREAL 26 April 2012 (MK for APCNews)

On Tuesday April 25, Dr Nancy J. Hafkin and 32 others were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Dr Hafkin was awarded the title of Global Connector for helping to spread internet use in Africa over the course of a twenty-three year career as “a pioneer and innovator in the area of networking, development information, and electronic communications.”

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APC statement: Internet rights organisations strongly denounce attack on anonymous online speech by US government

MONTREAL 20 April 2012 (APC for APC)

On April 18th, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. In solidarity, APC has written a statement denouncing the attack on the right to anonymity by the US government. Join us and sign the statement.

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How can 'internet rights' violations be fought back?

WELLINGTON 20 April 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for GISWatch)

Behind cryptic titles, you can sometimes discover the best stories. Conceptualising accountability and recourse is of that breed. The report goes all the way back to 1945, when human rights originated. It tells the story of new spaces where human rights are exercised and those in which they are violated. For the latter, “accountability mechanisms” exist…

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The big snoop: The UK's temptation to become a big brother and what it means for the rest of us

MONTRÉAL 20 April 2012 (FD for APCNews)

There are petitions everywhere. Tech-savvy people are outraged. The Telegraph, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times publish one story after another about it. What is it? The Big Snoop, or at least, we’ll call it that.

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New research on ICTs for climate change adaptation in the water sector

JOHANNESBURG 19 April 2012 (APC for APCNews)

In this new publication by APC and IDRC, researchers look at how ICTs are, and can be, applied to help communities experiencing water-related stress, adapt to climate change. It gathers reports from Africa, Asia and Latin America; and provides conceptual tools for practitioners.

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