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:
11 Aug 2011 (APC)
Carried out in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa & USA the research 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. It debunks the commonly-held view that sexuality online is just about pornography.
The EROTICS project took place between June 2008 and June 2011.
Each of the country teams engaged with diverse sections...
07 Jul 2011 APC
A recent petition to the Lahore High Court has sparked concern among internet rights advocates. The petition calls on Pakistani internet service providers to filter the internet in an effort to stamp out online “smut”. APC criticises the proposal as inappropriate in a democratic society which values freedom of expression and the right to information.
This latest petition submitted on 14 June 2011 comes on the heels of an earlier appeal to censor Facebook and other social media sites and illuminates a...
16 Jun 2011 APC
The recent revelation that the Syrian blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was actually “Straight American Man in Scotland” Tom MacMaster sent ripples through international media circles and left deep scars in the LGBTI community.
But why is this hoax so potentially harmful?
It comes down to identity and rights. This case touches on some of the core issues surrounding identity and human rights – especially online.
Real LGBTI people living in repressive societies often assume false identities...
30 May 2011 APC
APC welcomes the recent ruling of an Egyptian court that fined former president Mubarak and two of his aides $90 million for cutting internet and cell phones communications during the Egyptian revolution earlier this year.
The court ruled that Mubarak, his prime minister and interior minister were all liable for damages to the economy after they ordered a complete shutdown of telecommunications for five days from January 28 2011. It also found that three major telecoms companies — Vodafone, Mobinil and...
18 May 2011 APC
The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has just ruled in favour of a petition to filter several social networking websites including Facebook, Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be censored in Pakistan.
The Lahore High Court judgment in favour of the petition number 10392/2010 suggests that, given that several other countries —Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates and...
04 Apr 2011 APC
African countries have committed to migrating to digital broadcasting by June 2015. It will be a costly process and it is not clear who will benefit — or where the resources needed to make the transition will come from. A new website provides independent information for policy-makers about making the transition and reports on digital migration in Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
Arguably the migration is one of the most fundamental changes in African broadcasting for over a decade and raises wider questions...
08 Dec 2010 APC-HIVOS
A new report launched at the start of the UN Climate Change conference questions the assumption that information and communications technologies (ICTs) will automatically be a panacea for climate change.
The report spells out the impact the production and disposal of computers, mobile phones and other technology is having on the earth’s natural resources, and the massive global carbon footprint produced by their use.
The potential of ICTs to mitigate and adapt to climate change is also discussed, as are the...
28 Nov 2010 APC WNSP
Take Back The Tech! partners with the Violence is Not our Culture global campaign to mark this year’s International Day on Women Human Rights Defenders and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) . On 29 November 2010, we join hands in solidarity and call for all of our campaigners and allies in different parts of the world to support the work of women human rights defenders in demanding an end to violence against women justified in the name of “culture”, “religion...
10 Nov 2010 IPS
The United Nations estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyber-stalking are predominantly female.
Many popular social networking websites include personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on a person’s location, which is useful to friends...