Statements, positions and contributions from the APC
|Comments on the Draft Outcome Document of the United Nations General Assembly’s Overall Review of the Implementation of WSIS Outcomes||
|Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form||
|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.
|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.”
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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||English|
|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.
|Call to Malaysian government: End threats to press freedom and freedom of expression online||Aug 2015|
|The government of Bangladesh must ensure freedom of expression online, prevent arbitrary killings||Aug 2015|
|Malaysian government must respect freedom of expression during Bersih 4.0 protests||Aug 2015||English|
|WSIS ten-year review - The way forward: Harnessing information and communications technologies for development||Jul 2015||Español, English|
|Joint letter to ICANN: New proposal will endanger domain owners and impact marginalized communities||
We are writing to you about the Initial Report on the Privacy & Proxy Services published on May 5th, which proposes requiring “commercial website” owners to display their address under their WHOIS data. We strongly recommend that the proposed policy not be adopted. We further recommend that ICANN revisit its own findings from 2013 and move toward making WHOIS privacy the default for everyone. We believe that ICANN should not be complicit in making doxing, stalking, and swatting any easier than they already are.