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No copyrights without human rights - APC joins the SOPA blackout

JOHANNESBURG 18 January 2012 (APC for APCNews)

On January 18th, APC joined dozens of sites and organisations in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) by blacking out. These two bills, if passed, represent an unprecedented threat to the open internet as we know it, with impacts felt far beyond the borders of the United States.

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Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh

5th Knowledge Sharing Workshop
Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh

“This is a great news for all of us that Community Radio is now in existence in Bangladesh!”-said Mr.

Global Information Society Watch 2011

By APC and Hivos (December 2011, APC/Hivos )

APC and Hivos investigate how governments and internet and mobile phone companies are restricting freedom online – and how citizens are responding using the very same technology.

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Amplify the voices of vulnerable and marginalized groups through Community Radio in Bangladesh

Rural people of Bangladesh entered into an era of community broadcasting to amplify the voices of vulnerable and marginalized groups through 14 community radio stations around the country. Community Radio provides the local community access to information and through exchange of information, leads them towards empowerment.

Bangladesh formally entered the era of community radio with the launch of Radio Padma FM 99.2, a community radio station

RAJSHAHI, Oct 7 Information Minister Abul Kalam has said the present
government believes in freedom of the mass media and protecting the rights
of the media men.

He stated this while inaugurating the broadcasting program of community
radio `Radio Padma’ in Rajshahi Medical College auditorium here this
evening as the chief guest.

Centre for Communication and Development(CCD), Rajshahi,

APC member Colnodo condemns anti-piracy law

MONTEVIDEO 7 September 2011 (Colnodo for APCNews)

APC member Colnodo has issued a report about Colombia’s controversial “two strikes” bill. Under this law, file-sharers caught with copyrighted content can lose their internet connections or even face jail time.” See full article in Spanish.

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APC’s input to the WSIS+10 review process

By APC (September 2011, APC )

APC supports the WSIS process and remains committed to participating in the processes that emerged from the WSIS with a view to improving the process, promoting the participation of civil society and monitoring implementation of areas of most interest to APC. In this spirit, APC submitted the following contribution.

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Turkey abandons unpopular filtering software

OTTAWA 15 August 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

Turkey abandons plans to install mandatory filtering software after months of widespread protest. The reversal of this controversial policy shows the power of determined advocacy.

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London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON 15 August 2011 (APC/GreenNet for APCNews)

Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.

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APC is going to be busy at the IGF

APC is organising a series of events in the context of the next IGF in Nairobi.

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