Online training course: Internet governance in MENA

5 November 2013 (

APC, Hivos and Diplo Foundation are calling for applicants in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) for this advanced internet governance and policy training, which will be focusing on human rights and the internet. Applications are open until Sunday, 10 November 2013.

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Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation meets to draft recommendations

NEW YORK 5 November 2013 (APCNews)

The second meeting of the working group will take place from 6-8 November 2013. The main objective is to discuss the input by stakeholders to the questionnaire developed earlier in the year and to draft recommendations based on those answers.

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“Like” yourself to jail: New laws to restrict online speech


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Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum 2013 in, Bali, Indonesia, by Aida Mahmutović, from the APC member and FLOW partner owpsee in Sarajevo.

Do you think about the consequences before you upload, share, comment or like something on your favorite social media.

Vote for the Philippines Take Back the Tech! campaign video

This video production is part of 16 days x 16 stories of Take Back the Tech campaign produced by Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) in 2012

Here is the video.

Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable

BALI 28 October 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The situation for Azerbaijani activists who work online did not improve after the IGF came to town in 2012. In fact, it actually became worse. APCNews talks to Gulnara Akhundova of International Media Support and Emin Huseynov from the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about the impact one year later.

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Written submission for the hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on global US/NSA surveillance

28 October 2013 (EFF)

Mass surveillance programs of the US/NSA violate fundamental human rights of non-U.S. persons. The document available for download was submitted today by dozens of organisations in the American hemisphere, in hopes that the mass surveillance of the US will be condemned, reaffirming human rights principles, established by international human rights law.

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Security vulnerabilities at the IGF registration process

BALI 25 October 2013 (APCNews)

In this year’s edition of the IGF the security of the internet was discussed from the perspectives of the users, governments and business. Several times panelists insisted that cybersecurity starts at home and people need to be sensitised to that. Yet, there was a major security vulnerability in the registration process that nobody noticed or raised.

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Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy

Bali, Indonesia

The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.

This was a key message coming out of the workshop hosted by APC’s CIPP and WRP, ‘Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress’.

IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants

by Alex Comninos, 25 October 2013

When registering for the IGF, you may very well have exposed your personal data, including full name, ID/passport number to criminals, spies, intelligence agencies and dragnet surveillance programmes.

Sign in to