20 Dec 2011
SMS services have been suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo, allegedly to prevent the spread of electoral related rumours. Mobile services providers and media in DRC announced on November 4th, that by order of the Government, SMS services had been suspended in order to prevent people from sharing results before being are announced by the Elections Commission.
As a global civil society network advocating on internet rights, Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and its network of partners in...
08 Dec 2011
APC members and networks have highlighted internet-related human rights issues in the Universal Period Review (UPR) process — we call on others to do the same.
The Association for Progressive Communications, in coordination with local members and networks, has achieved a major milestone in our efforts to have human rights standards, as recognised under existing treaties, applied to the internet. UPR submissions for India, Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador, focused on internet-related human rights issues...
08 Dec 2011 APC/Hivos
Launching on December 10 — Human Rights Day — the Global Information Society Watch 2011 report investigates how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are trying to restrict freedom online — and how citizens are responding to this using the very same technologies.
Everyone is familiar with the stories of Egypt and Tunisia. GISWatch authors tell these and other lesser-known stories from over fifty countries including:
PRISON CONDITIONS IN ARGENTINA Prisoners are using the...
18 Nov 2011 APCNews
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (APC) November 1 — APC condemns the imprisonment of Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an influential Egyptian activist and blogger and long-time APC collaborator, for his conscientious objection to the use of military courts to try civilians in Egypt.
Alaa has been detained for fifteen days following his refusal to be interrogated by a military court regarding the 9 October Maspero clashes in which several protestors were killed. His arbitrary detainment has sparked protest, with...
04 Nov 2011
APC is proud to announce that Joy Liddicoat has just been elected for a two-year term to the Generic Names Supporting Organisation (GNSO) Council. This council is one of the key venues through which civil society can voice its opinions and effect internet governance policy and acts as a direct conduit to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) which lies at the heart of the internet’s critical infrastructure.
The GNSO is tasked primarily with making policy recommendations to ICANN...
03 Oct 2011
The use and management of spectrum was raised repeatedly during last week’s Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, where many development researchers saw the possibilities afforded by digital migration and TV white spaces as an exciting opportunity for bridging the access gap.
At APC’s workshop dedicated to spectrum for development on September 29 the following recommendations were made:
Regulators and other stakeholders should prepare for digital migration and actively ensure that the digital...
29 Sep 2011 APC
NAIROBI, KENYA (APC), Thursday September 29 — APC welcomes the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council – supported by over fifty countries – to establish an expert panel on human rights and the internet. This is a critical step in recognising the importance of respecting human rights online. This decision is timely, coming as it does during the sixth Internet Governance Forum, where similar issues are being raised.
Whether dealing with faith-based filtering and the banning of encryption in...
27 Sep 2011 APC
Tuesday September 26 – Many important technical decisions about internet architecture are being made right now — decisions that will have consequences for decades. At present, policy choices are being made largely without the input of civil society and without sufficient consideration of the public good. It is clear that civil society needs some innovative thinking, a new paradigm through which we can ensure the right policy outcomes.
This is why APC’s pre-event at the sixth Internet Governance...
28 Aug 2011 APC
At the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council next week, the Swedish government will propose a resolution to establish an expert panel to investigate the question of human rights on the internet. If established the panel will convene at the 19th session in March 2012.
“This is really fantastic news,” said Joy Liddicoat, a lawyer and head of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign. “We saw in the recent riots in England how some politicians were quick to suggest clamp-downs on BlackBerry phones and...
15 Aug 2011 APC/GreenNet
In the media and in public policy debates fingers were quick to point at the use of social media and mobile phones in spurring on the riots that overwhelmed several English cities last week and in helping looters evade the police.
On Thursday 11 August Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement condemning social networking sites, claiming that the riots were “organised via social media”.
He went on to say that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications: