What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa?

24 May 2016 (APC)

During the “Arab Spring” of 2011, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Despite the increasing sophistication of persecution, the efforts to defend human rights, both online and offline, have not ceased.

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Point of View, APC's new member in India: “We're kindred spirits – we care about the same things”

PERGAMINO 24 May 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC welcomes Point of View as a formal member of the network. We interviewed Bishakha Datta, the co-founder and executive director of Point of View, to know more about their motivations to become members and their expectations.

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An open internet versus social media shutdown

On 12 May 2016 Uganda suffered another social media blockade. That day was also the presidential swearing-in ceremony. Of course it’s no coincidence that these events have collided on the same day. The ban was effected on the evening of Wednesday, the eve of the ceremony.

Take Back the Tech! wins the 2016 Womanity Award for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

20 May 2016 (The Womanity Foundation)

Take Back the Tech! campaign and Luchadoras/Sandia Digital (Mexico) won the 2016 Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. The TBTT campaign was selected by an expert panel including Womanity President Yann Borgstedt, Diana Barran, Chief Executive of SafeLives, Ceri Hayes, Director of Gender Matters, Abir Oreibi, CEO of LIFT, and Jane Seager, Counsel at Hogan Lovells LLP.

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Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

London [30 May 2016]

*_David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

How can the internet help realise the right to education? The South African case

16 May 2016 (Andrew Rens)

As part of our research project Connecting your rights: Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and the internet, scholar Andrew Rens has produced a paper that focuses on the role of the internet in providing educational resources in South Africa.

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Inside the Information Society: After WSIS – Looking back or looking forwards?

London [23 May 2016]

*_David Souter comments each week on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

Inside the Information Society: Introducing David Souter's weekly blog

[16 May 2016]

David Souter will be writing a weekly blog for APC for the coming year, looking at different aspects of the information society, development and rights.
 
David is a longstanding associate of APC, and has worked for more than 20 years on the relationship between ICTs and public policy, particularly development, environm

RightsCon 2016: “A mandatory meeting on internet rights, but more global South perspectives are needed”

SAN FRANCISCO 13 May 2016 (APC)

“While the perspectives of the global South do not yet fully permeate discussions in RightsCon, it is emerging as a space where they can be addressed, discussed and more fully understood.”

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