APCNews 178 – Take Back the Tech! campaign ends, working against VAW continues – 17/12/12

APCNews 178 – Take Back the Tech! campaign ends, working against VAW continues – 17/12/12

APCNews – December 17 2012 – Year XII Issue 178
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development

Congo: Government response on domestic violence under the spotlight

(FF for APCNews) – The recently launched online mapping platform developed by the Association for Progressive Communications in partnership with APC member AZUR Developpement under the Africatti project, will contribute to holding the Congo government accountable on domestic violence in a country where serious incidents of gender based violence and human rights violations take place.

The online world might be scary, but it can be a place where we empower one another

(GenderIT.org for APCNews) – Online harassment has become incredibly common for women around the world. Perpetrators of this violence act without fear of recourse, as anonymity protects them, and law does not limit their hate speech. Many women leave the online world out of fear that this violence will affect them in the offline world. But there are strategies that exist for women online activists to use to protect themselves, and to continue to make their voices and opinions heard. Jen Thorpe discusses some of these in this GenderIT.org article from the upcoming edition.

Online and offline sex worker rights are human rights

(FD for APCNews) – APC’s Connect Your Rights campaign is teaming up with the global campaign Take Back The Tech – fighting violence against women – on its 12th day of action (out of 16). We are offering three stories to make the case for urgent action on sex worker rights, online and offline. Read more and be sure to sign our petition.

New paper from APC and the Internet Society connects internet protocols and human rights

(Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria for APC) – “Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.

South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation

(FD for APCNews) – South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.



Monitoring and defending freedom of expression and privacy on the internet in South Africa

Open Letter: Civil society hampered in its ability to contribute to WCIT

Post-WCIT civil society statement: A way forward

WSIS goals: what happened to them? Complete the survey

Violence against women and ICTs: Map it! End it!

‘Access is my right’ campaign for a Pakistan free of censorship and surveillance


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