A Better Connection – Community Networks @ IGF 2016

28 November 2016 (APC and ISOC for APCNews)

This year at the IGF in Guadalajara, Mexico, a variety of activities are being held to raise awareness of community networking models and there are a number of events that relate closely to the topic. We have assembled them here to help those who want to attend some if not all of them.

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Inside the Information Society: What does the latest ICT Development Index tell us?

London [28 November 2016]

Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)Source: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)*_Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

GISWatch 2016 on economic, social and cultural rights and the internet coming soon!

26 November 2016 (APC)

This year’s Global Information Society Watch report, to be launched on 9 December at the Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico, explores the ways in which the internet is being used – or could be used – to realise economic, social and cultural rights around the world.

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APC welcomes ACHPR Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa

24 November 2016 (APCNews)

APC welcomes the Resolution on the Right to Freedom of Expression on the Internet in Africa adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul on 4 November 2016. The resolution comes at a crucial moment, with the region witnessing regular internet shutdowns which impact directly on freedom of expression, in countries such as Gabon and Ethiopia.

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In the words of Snowden, spying on journalists in Quebec “is a radical attack on journalism of the free press”

Canada

It was revealed this week that at least seven journalists in Quebec, working for Radio-Canada, La Presse and La Journal de Montréal, have been spied on by the Montreal police (SPVM) and Quebec provincial police (SQ). Further revelations have shown journalists to have been under surveillance since 2008, some for as long as five years at a time.

APC welcomes UNGA resolution to protect right to privacy in the digital age in the face of challenges

22 November 2016 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age and expresses appreciation for the leadership by Brazil and Germany. This year’s resolution adds substantive language on the role of the private sector, which, as the resolution notes, poses a risk to the enjoyment of the right to privacy in the digital age because of its increasing capabilities to collect, process and use personal data.

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Inside the Information Society: Upsetting and resetting standards, rules and norms

London [21 November 2016]

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

Crackdown on Bersih 2.0: APC condemns relentless attacks on freedom of assembly in Malaysia

18 November 2016 (APC for APCNews)

APC calls on the authorities to immediately release all the detainees in relation to the Bersih rally and to protect the exercise of their constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, including the right to protest, and urges the government of Malaysia to refrain from cracking down on peaceful assembly and refrain from creating hurdles in their mobilisation, including through the use of ICTs.

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"We see and value the transformative potential of the internet": Jac sm Kee received the Stieg Larsson Award 2016

Stockholm

Jac sm KeeJac sm KeeStieg Larsson, the author of the Millennium Trilogy, tirelessly fought against racism and misogyny, and for freedom of speech. A fight based on a simple idea: that everyone has the right to be themselves.

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