Take back the tech: State surveillance violates our human rights, weakens democracy and the rule of law
This post is part of the Take Back The Tech campaign: Day 13 – State Surveillance
How do you define security? Can it be weighed against the right to privacy? What other fundamental human rights are at stake when privacy is violated, and which communities are most at risk?
On 26 November, a committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on “privacy in the digital age,” which is already being used by human rights advocates to promote better legislation.
The sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development will take place from 7-10 December in Cape Town, South Africa. APC members, members and partners will be attending. Find out more about our activities.
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Yesterday, Egyptian authorities issued warrants for the arrest of top secular activists who organised demonstrations against a law passed earlier this week by the military-backed government that bans public political gatherings of ten or more people. APC denounces these heavy-handed measures and call for the immediate withdrawal of the warrant for arrest of Abdel-Fattah and others who have simply acted to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.
In 2013, we learned digital surveillance by world governments knows no bounds. Their national intelligence and other investigative agencies can capture our phone calls, track our location, peer into our address books, and read our emails. They do this often in secret, without adequate public oversight, and in violation of our human rights.
APC, as a member of the Fair Deal coalition, joins other civil society organisations in their demand for a development-oriented approach to the copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement, an agreement that is being secretly negotiated by countries representing more than 40% of the world’s GDP.
Open letter from the Fair Deal coalition to government representatives behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)
APC welcomes the announcement by the Brazilian government to convene a global meeting in 2014 to address current internet governance public policy challenges and issues, and suggests specific topics for the agenda and mechanisms to ensure a diverse, meaningful and effective participation of all interested stakeholders.