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APC's priorities for the 10th Internet Governance Forum, Brazil, 2015

The 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10 to 13 November 2015 with the overall theme of “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”. In this document are APC’s priorities for IGF 2015, clustered according to the event’s sub-themes.

Nov 2015 APC IGF 2015 priorities
The government of Pakistan must take immediate measures to protect the privacy of citizens, halt plans for mass surveillance

ISLAMABAD (9 November 2015) – Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) are extremely concerned about a recent initiative by the Pakistani government to install at least 2,000 surveillance cameras across the federal capital.

Nov 2015
International call on Moroccan authorities to drop charges against human rights defenders

We, international human rights, peace and freedom of expression organizations, are gravely concerned about the harassment and prosecution of seven human rights defenders and journalists in Morocco.

Nov 2015
Comments on the Draft Outcome Document of the United Nations General Assembly’s Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), an international network of 70 (47 organisational and 23 individual) members in 46 countries whose goal is to mobilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social justice and sustainable development, welcomes the content of the 4 November 2015 draft of the WSIS+10 Review outcome document. We have compiled the following proposals which we believe will strengthen
the final document.

Nov 2015 ENGLISH
Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form Nov 2015 ENGLISH
APC's Comments on the WSIS+10 Non-Paper Oct 2015 English
Open letter sent by civil rights groups worldwide against the Surveillance Bill to be adopted in France

The undersigned civil and human rights organisations call on French parliamentarians to reject the draft law on surveillance measures for international electronic communications (Proposition de loi relative aux mesures de surveillance des communications électroniques internationales). The bill fails to defend and protect the right to privacy of individuals worldwide.

Oct 2015
Open Letter to Facebook on Real Name Policy

“It’s time for Facebook to provide equal treatment and protection for all who use and depend on Facebook as a central platform for online expression and communication.”

Oct 2015
Syria: Disclose Advocate’s Whereabouts. Release Bassel Khartabil, Held Unfairly Since 2012

Syria’s authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of Bassel Khartabil, a software developer and defender of freedom of expression, 31 organizations said today.

Oct 2015
Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion. APC Submission to the 2015 IGF Intersessional

As the internet becomes more ubiquitous, less is being heard from those who are disconnected – the less wealthy and more marginalised groups – who are unable to demand rights on the same footing as those who are connected.

Oct 2015
Take Action for #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet

On 9th of October 2015, misogynists, trolls and a variety of people who associate with the #Gamergate hashtag decided to occupy and corrupt the #TakeBackTheTech and #ImagineAFeministInternet hashtags by posting thousands of anti-feminist and misogynistic tweets and memes. This attack is the response to a tweet chat organised by the Internet Governance Forum Best Practice Forum on Countering Online Violence and Abuse, to discuss the impact of such violence. This online attack against feminist activism online is deliberate, planned and coordinated, and it’s only one example of the attacks that feminists face online.

Oct 2015
Facts on #TakeBacktheTech

Since Friday, 9 October 2015, a mounting online attack has been launched against the Twitter hashtag #TakeBacktheTech and associated initiatives. The attack against APC and Take Back the Tech and efforts to hijack the #takebackthetech hashtag, which has involved people who self-associate with #Gamergate posting threats targeting members of our community and images that depict women being subjected to physical and sexual violence, illustrate how women’s and girls’ voices are silenced on social networking platforms by violent and sexist expression.

Oct 2015
Universal Periodic Review - Sudan. Civil society calls for protection of Sudanese human rights defenders and journalists Oct 2015
APC's Comments on the WSIS+10 Zero Draft Oct 2015 English
WSIS+10: Joint civil society comments on the zero-draft Oct 2015 English
Internet access and economic, social and cultural rights Sep 2015 English
Open letter: Challenging the feminicide of woman human rights defender Nadia Dominique Vera Perez; the feminicide of Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, Mile Martin and Alejandra Negrete Virginia; and the murder of photojournalist Ruben Bonilla Espinosa

The government institutions in Mexico have not met their obligation to protect and ensure a safe environment for people to promote and defend rights without risk of reprisal. The level of impunity in cases of attacks and murders of human rights defenders is alarming. The feminicide of woman human rights defender Nadia Dominique Vera Perez, the feminicide of Yesenia Quiroz Alfaro, Mile Virginia Martin and Alejandra Negrete, and the murder of photojournalist Ruben Bonilla Espinosa are despicable evidence of the above.

Sep 2015 Español, English
Bangladesh: bloggers and online activists at risk. Submission to the Human Rights Council 30th session Sep 2015 Bangladesh: bloggers and online activists at risk
APC's Input for the WSIS+10 non-paper

Much progress been made on the vision of the people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society in the ten years since the WSIS. However, many challenges lie ahead, from adopting a sustainable development approach to advancing gender equality.

Aug 2015 English
Call to Malaysian government: End threats to press freedom and freedom of expression online Aug 2015

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