Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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APC's closing statement to the Sixth Internet Governance Forum

In its statement at the close of the sixth IGF, APC criticises the lack of non-governmental participation in development of the IG proposals which dominated discussions and calls for human rights be the main theme of the IGF in 2012.

Sep 2011
APC Statement of Support for An Expert Panel on Freedom of Expression and the Internet at the UN

APC puts out a statement strongly endorsing the proposal of the Swedish Government for an expert panel on human rights and the internet at the United Nations.

Sep 2011
APC Priorities for the Sixth Internet Governance Forum

The sixth annual meeting of the IGF will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 27-30 September 2011 with Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation as its main theme. In this document presented in the run-up to the IGF APC strongly supports the focus on access, development and freedoms but outlines a series of recommendations for IGF participants.

Sep 2011 English
APC expresses concern over OECD Communique on principles for internet policy-making Jul 2011 English
Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC on violence against women Jun 2011
Internet rights are human rights, claims APC before the Human Rights Council

APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.

May 2011 APC statement TNC 29 May 11.pdf, APC Oral Statement at General Debate on 30 May 2011, Français, Español, English
Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC May 2011
Human Rights Council: APC's comment on human rights with regard to the internet and transnational corporations May 2011
APC at the Human Rights Council 17th session May 2011
WikiLeaks: Human rights of whistleblowers under attack, says APC

If we don’t consider the recent actions —particularly by the US government— against people connected to WikiLeaks as human rights violations, then a dangerous precedent is set says APC in a statement.

Mar 2011
Highlights from APC's contribution to implementation of WSIS goals

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major UN conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. These are highlights of APC’s contribution to implementation of WSIS goals. It provides an overview of our work during the last five years.

Mar 2011 English
APC on IGF improvements

Input provided by APC following the Structure of the Report on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum, 14 March 2011.

Mar 2011 English
Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC

The world has witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia that when governments feel threatened not only do they censor individuals but they also try to take away the tools they use to contact and inform each other and organise. APC thinks that internet rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association, should not be taken from granted, and is working both globally and locally to make them a reality for all.

Feb 2011
Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity

“The power of people communicating in solidarity and joint action is a power that even the most over-confident rulers and regimes cannot overcome, not in the long term”, said APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen. “What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia is a demonstration of people’s outrage and courage in the face of long term repression – now played out on and supported by the internet and mobile technologies.” APC joins the global solidarity with the Egyptian people as they take to the streets in the struggle for democratic reform and human rights.

Jan 2011
Contribution to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development five year review of progress on WSIS outcomes

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was a major UN conference on information and communication technologies (ICTs) that took place in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. This is APC’s contribution to an invitation from UN CSTD to the different stakeholders to submit inputs concerning the implementation and follow-up of WSIS outcomes. Our response includes a reflection on the process and issues.

Jan 2011 English
APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet Dec 2010
APC says, A stand for WikiLeaks is a stand for freedom of information online

APC has issued a statement to express our deep concern about recent attempts by governments and businesses to close down the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. We call on all governments and the internet community to explicitly reject any form of online content control that limits freedom of expression and information, particularly information that contributes to making governments more transparent, and that empowers citizens to hold their governments accountable.

Dec 2010
CSTD Working Group IGF Questionnaire: APC response Nov 2010 English
APC's reflections on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum

On September 17 the fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) came to an end in Vilnius, Lithuania. The five-year UN-run annual event is a uniquely experimental and influential space on the road to guaranteeing open, universal and affordable internet and ICT access to all. However the continuity of the IGF is uncertain. Download and read our analysis of the most recent forum.

Nov 2010 English
Internet governance issues on sexuality and women's rights

In preparation for the 2010 IGF, this briefing document highlights key issues on internet regulation that are relevant for gender equality and sexuality. It also brings to the debate findings from various research initiatives undertaken by APC and key partners, including a cross-country research initiative – EROTICS – that is being conducted in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States.

Oct 2010

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