Security and privacy

The Day We Fought Back: Collective demands to end mass surveillance
The Day We Fought Back: Collective demands to end mass surveillance 10 February 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 was the Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. A virtual call to arms, this global campaign intended to pressure policymakers around the world to uphold human rights and end mass surveillance.

Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy
Committee of UN General Assembly passes resolution on right to privacy 05 December 2013

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.

Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette
Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette 28 November 2013

APC member Bytes for All has released “Social Media Ethics and Etiquette,” a booklet (v1.0) as a part of the 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign. Its a compilation of best practices for social media ethics and etiquette, though rather than an authority on online behaviour, it provides guiding principles. Click to download the PDF.

Demand an end to mass Surveillance: Support the people’s principles
Demand an end to mass Surveillance: Support the people’s principles 26 November 2013

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.

New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians
New criminal code endangers privacy of Ecuadorians 26 November 2013

Article 474 of the new Ecuadorian criminal code legalises systematic surveillance of internet communications, flagrantly violating citizens’ rights to privacy. Valeria Betancourt, APC policy manager, analyses the problematic aspects of the article.

Support to the UN General Assembly draft resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age
Support to the UN General Assembly draft resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age 19 November 2013

APC joins NGOs around the world in supporting the joint draft resolution by Germany and Brazil to the United Nations’ General Assembly on the right to privacy in the digital age. The resolution asks the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to issue a report on the issues, and decides to examine the question on a priority basis at its sixty-ninth session. The resolution is signif...

Highlights from the 2013 Disco-tech
Highlights from the 2013 Disco-tech 06 November 2013

On 21 October, 2013, APC and Tactical Technology Collective hosted the first Disco-tech. It brought together over 100 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists from the eight Internet Governance Forum in Bali.

Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable
Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable 28 October 2013

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.

Written submission for the hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on global US/NSA surveillance
Written submission for the hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on global US/NSA surveillance 28 October 2013

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.

Security vulnerabilities at the IGF registration process
Security vulnerabilities at the IGF registration process 25 October 2013

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.