What does this mean for human rights defenders?

The right to freedom of association is the right for individuals to gather with any other individual or group to promote, pursue or defend a common interest. Freedom of peaceful assembly generally refers to the right to participate in political gatherings and demonstrations, while freedom of association generally refers to the right to be part of an organisation or political party.

What does the UN Special Rapporteur say?

The right to freedom of opinion and expression in an internet context is described well by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Frank La Rue, in his annual report released June 2011, including how limitations to freedom of opinion and expression

Pro-poor ICT access toolkit

By APC (November 2010, APC )

A resource kit for making a universal access agenda happen. It has three modules – on policy and regulation, advocacy strategies and community-level projects.

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Online conferencing tools for development practitioners: Finding your path to the right conferencing solution

By Karel Novotný and Cheekay Cinco (September 2011, APC )

Choosing the best conferencing platform is hard when online tools change constantly. Here’s help in the form of a practical guide.

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Spectrum for development

By Steve Song (September 2011, APC )

When talking about affordable, ubiquitous access to communication in developing countries, wireless technologies offer the most hope for effectively bridging the digital divide. This paper examines its challenges and opportunities.

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The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association?

UDHR art 20:

Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
ICCPR art 21:

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognized.

The right to freedom of opinion and expression?

UDHR article 19:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
ICCPR article 19:

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.


EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet (An exploratory research study)

By APC (July 2011, APC )

This breakthrough study carried out in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa & USA looks at how the internet plays host to critical information about sex education, health, fighting sex discrimination and defining one’s own sexuality. It debunks the commonly-held view that sexuality online is just about pornography.

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APC Annual Report 2010

By APC (July 2011, APC )

The Take Back the Tech! fund which disbursed $240,000 to 61 grassroots groups is one of the very few forward-looking small grants that funds tech initiatives to fight violence against women. This and other initiatives covered in APC’s latest annual report.

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