APCNews talked to Dalia Haj-Omar, a Sudanese human rights activist, about the recent internet blackout in Sudan, the implications for freedom of expression and association, and the role of the international community.
APC invites applications for a staff coordinator position for Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch), the premier information platform for civil society perspectives on the state of the Information Society on global, regional and national levels. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of the GISWatch initiative.
On 21 October, 2013, APC and Tactical Technology Collective hosted the first Disco-tech. It brought together over 100 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists from the eight Internet Governance Forum in Bali.
APC, Hivos and Diplo Foundation are calling for applicants in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) for this advanced internet governance and policy training, which will be focusing on human rights and the internet. Applications are open until Sunday, 10 November 2013.
The second meeting of the working group will take place from 6-8 November 2013. The main objective is to discuss the input by stakeholders to the questionnaire developed earlier in the year and to draft recommendations based on those answers.
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women urges Cambodian government to use ICTs for women's rights
Ms Chim Manavy, Executive Director of APC member organisation Open Institute in Cambodia, joined the 56th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a civil society observer for her country. This is the first time that ICTs have been mentioned in the CEDAW Concluding Observation for Cambodia.
The situation for Azerbaijani activists who work online did not improve after the IGF came to town in 2012. In fact, it actually became worse. APCNews talks to Gulnara Akhundova of International Media Support and Emin Huseynov from the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about the impact one year later.
Written submission for the hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on global US/NSA surveillance
Mass surveillance programs of the US/NSA violate fundamental human rights of non-U.S. persons. The document available for download was submitted today by dozens of organisations in the American hemisphere, in hopes that the mass surveillance of the US will be condemned, reaffirming human rights principles, established by international human rights law.
The IGF has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. Increasing the understanding of gender and internet specific concerns within the internet governance framework and debates is part of the Women’s Rights Programme agenda, and for this purpose this graphic synthesizes the main aspects of the intersection mentioned.
In this year’s edition of the IGF the security of the internet was discussed from the perspectives of the users, governments and business. Several times panelists insisted that cybersecurity starts at home and people need to be sensitised to that. Yet, there was a major security vulnerability in the registration process that nobody noticed or raised.
Several national and international NGOs have endorsed this statement to APJII (Indonesian Internet Service Providers’ Association), where they express their concern on the “Miss Internet Bali” initiative as a flagship programme to promote safe, healthy and productive use of the internet amongst Indonesian society.
This year’s edition of GISWatch, launched today at the eighth IGF in Bali, shows that gains in women’s rights made online are not always certain or stable. While access to the internet for women has increased their participation in the social, economic and governance spheres, there is another side to these opportunities: online harassment, cyberstalking and violence against women online, all of which are on the rise globally.
On 11 October 2013, the press conference organised by the Okvir Association and the APC member Foundation OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe to mark the International Coming Out Day was forcefully interrupted by a group of young men. However, the fight for freedom, security, visibility and right of LGBTIQA persons is permanent and we all have responsibility to take that fight and report, process and sanction hate-crimes.
The launch of the 2013 edition of GISWatch will take place on October 23 at the eight IGF in Bali. This year’s edition explores how the internet and ICTs have extended the public sphere, thereby creating new opportunities and freedoms for women as well as the threats to their freedoms.
The theme for this year’s IGF is “Building Bridges – Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.” The GenderIT.org team will be working on- and off-site to bring everything related to gender and ICT policy from the gender peripheries at the IGF. And we invite you to be a part of it!
We see from the headlines that the security of digital networks and information is becoming increasingly important. To shed light on the practical steps that members of civil society can take to protect themselves and their activism, APC and Tactical Tech are hosting a peer-learning session called a “Disco-tech” on the night before the global IGF in Bali, 21 October 2013.
APC members and staff will be participating at this year’s Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-25 October 2013. In this page we’ve complied some key resources, as well as information on the events that we’ll be hosting and co-organising.
This document presents an overview of the main themes around which the IGF is structured from a civil society perspective. It is a great introduction for people who are new to the IGF process, as well as a useful compass for those already familiar with it.
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) expresses its deep concern at the recent hacking of the website of the Latin America and Caribbean Womens Health Networks (LACWHN). The attack is emblematic of the serious threat that online harassment presents to sexual and reproductive rights activists and constitutes a violation of LACWHN‘s right to freedom of expression and association.
Sudan experienced a massive internet outage on 25 September 2013 in addition to a violent crackdown on protests over fuel subsidy cuts by the Sudanese government. Evidence suggests that the connectivity blackout was not a catastrophic technical failure, but rather an intentional act to disconnect citizens of Sudan from the rest of the world and from each other.