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Human Rights Council: Launch of international principles on human rights and surveillance

NEW YORK 12 September 2013

The event, co-organised by APC, will take place on Friday in Geneva. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, will provide some introductory remarks.

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2013 IFLA Trend Report

By International Federation of Library Associations (August 2013, IFLA )

The IFLA Trend Report is a collection of resources to explain how libraries fit into a changing society. The 2013 report includes the starter resource “Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide?” APC’s Anriette Esterhuysen contributed to the report in a section titled “The vulnerability of new technologies to over-regulation.”

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Open call for research participation in community networking

6 September 2013 (Pangea for APCNews)

APC member Pangea, as one of the founding partners of the CONFINE project, coordinated by the Technical University of Catalonia, announces a new open call for participation in a research project on community networking. Apply before 19 October 2013.

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Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments

JOHANNESBURG 5 September 2013 (Phil Mincher for APCNews)

Some email providers and other internet intermediaries have opted to shut down operations before “big brother’’ interferences gather more momentum.

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Joint statement on surveillance at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session

(September 2013, APC, Access, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Privacy International )

APC, together with Access, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Privacy International have submitted a written statement to the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th session. The statement highlights the need to bring surveillance practices in line with international human rights norms, in a manner consistent with the International principles on the application of human rights to communications surveillance, and makes specific recommendations to the HRC.

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Human Rights Council briefing note: 24th Session

By Joy Liddicoat and Deborah Brown (September 2013, APC and Access )

Access and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) have prepared a short briefing on the internet related human rights items that will be addressed at Human Rights Council 24, as well as some background on the Council’s work on the internet and human rights.

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Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions

MONTREAL 4 September 2013 (MK for APCNews)

This GISWatch special report collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last ten years, capturing the kinds of shifts that have been experienced by communications activists and stakeholders in a rich and nuanced way. You can download the report in English, French and Spanish.

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Communication rights ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): Civil society perceptions

By Association for Progressive Communications (April 2013, APC )

This GISWatch special report by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) collates civil society perceptions of the changes that have taken place in the information and knowledge-sharing society over the last ten years, capturing the kinds of shifts that have been experienced by communications activists and stakeholders in a rich and nuanced way. The results respond to the opportunity provided by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 review, which will culminate in 2015.

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Small grants for activism and advocacy

NEW YORK 30 August 2013 (Web We Want)

The Web We Want, a global campaign of which APC is part, has announced a round of small grants for 2013. The categories currently available are rapid response, surveillance action research, and capacity-building and outreach. The first deadline is September 9, and applications from non-profit groups in the Global South will be prioritised.

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PRESS RELEASE: Civil society coalition urges the US government to respect and promote the human rights of non-US persons

NEW YORK 29 August 2013 (AL for APCNews)

APC and other civil society organisations that are part of the Best Bits coalition have submitted a comment to the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, to denounce the different treatment that the United States gives to non-U.S. persons, who are excluded from existing protections against surveillance targeting.

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