Statements, positions and contributions from the APC

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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
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.

Aug 2015 English
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 English, Español
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.

Jul 2015 English
Comments of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to the GNSO Privacy and Proxy Service Accreditation Issues WG Initial Report

APC has endorsed the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) comments to the Initial Report on the Privacy and Proxy Services published on May 5th and elaborated by the Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation Services Issues working group (PPSAI WG), which will impact all groups and individuals that value the ability to protect their private information online. APC has also supported a coalition of organisations and individuals from all over the world that highlights the danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal.

Jul 2015 English
Remarks from the Association for Progressive Communications on the Draft Online Regulation Policy of the Film and Publication Board of South Africa

On 4 March 2015, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) gazetted the Draft Online Regulation Policy and opened it for public comment. In effect the policy would allow the FPB, at its discretion, to classify user-generated content on any online content platform.

Jul 2015 English
Brief on APC's submission to the UN Special Rapporteur's report on whistleblowing and protection of sources

The courageous actions of whistleblowers defend human rights, save lives and billions of dollars in public funds, and contribute to making governments more transparent and companies more accountable.

Jul 2015
APC welcomes appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

APC welcomes the appointment of Mr. Joseph Cannataci as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, which was announced on 3 July. Cannataci’s appointment is a historic step to address the right to privacy at the global level.

Jul 2015
Letter to the President of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit on the Information Society Ten-year Review (WSIS+10)

The goal of people-centred information societies can only be achieved through constant adherence to the principle of inclusive participation. This is why meaningful participation of all stakeholders is so important in the ten-year review and in furthering the WSIS vision beyond 2015.

Jun 2015 English
APC's oral statement on violence against women at the UN Human Rights Council

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women at the 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, APC delivered an oral statement calling on all states to develop effective responses to technology-related violence against women as a matter of urgency as part of their existing obligations to uphold women’s human rights.

Jun 2015 English
Joint Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council: Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age

APC has joined 26 NGOs in welcoming the report of UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication, which was presented to the Human Rights Council today.

Jun 2015 English

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