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Freedom Online Coalition: Governments should take action to protect rights

TUNISIA 25 June 2013 (APCNews)

APC and other civil society organisations participating at the Freedom Online Conference called governments to protect the human rights of all people online, not just those of their own citizens.

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Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights

21 June 2013
GENEVA 21 June 2013 (APCNews) -

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_Civil society organisations drafted a declaration on the recent revelations about the surveillance of citizens’ online activity by the government of the United States.

Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders

By Shawna Finnegan and Jennifer Radloff (June 2013, APC )
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#fbrape is about gender-based hate speech, not about censorship

On May 21 more than a hundred organisations lead by Women, Action & the Media, the journalist Soraya Chemaly, and The Everyday Sexism Project started a campaign to Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook.

Transparency and accountability: Finding points of agreement following the #fbrape campaign

Last month a coalition of women’s organisations led a campaign to hold Facebook accountable for its content policy. In particular, how it deals with hateful speech and representations of gender-based violence shared by its users. In response, freedom of expression advocates have expressed concern and criticism over the precedent set by demands for Facebook to remove hateful content from its site.

Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance

MONTEVIDEO 14 June 2013 (AL for BestBits)

After revelations of systematic surveillance by the US government, APC and other civil society organizations call the US Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. The call can be endorsed online.

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US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM

WINNIPEG 13 June 2013 (Shawna Finnegan and Carly Nyst for APCNews and Privacy International )

As leaked classified documents reveal widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency, the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, examines implications of States’ surveillance of communications on fundamental rights.

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How women around the world are taking part in combating gender-based hate speech on Facebook

Sexist, gender-based violent speech is a norm today. Sign in, check your home page and somewhere on that or over the timeline you’ll be linked to a page or a photo which only serves to demean the existence of woman. What’s worse is finding some of your friends making jokes about it. But should that be a norm too? Finding your friends making rape and other gender-based jokes? No, it’s NOT funny!

Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights

11 June 2013
NEW YORK 11 June 2013 (APCNews) -

PRESS STATEMENT
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Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights

10 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland – Civil society organisations drafted a declaration on the recent revelations about the surveillance of citizens’ online activity by the government of the United States.

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