Freedom of expression

Human rights and the internet - A review of perceptions in human rights organisations

By David Souter (March 2012, APC )

This report, commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), is concerned with the relationship between human rights and the internet; and with perceptions of the internet, its impact on human rights and the concept of internet rights within mainstream rights organisations. It pays particular attention to the rights encapsulated in Articles 18, 19 and 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (freedoms of conscience, expression and association). The study forms part of APC’s work on internet rights and freedom of expression and, in particular, the “Internet rights are human rights” project.

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Freedom of expression and the Internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?

GENEVA 22 May 2012 (ITU)

Watch the full (and very dynamic) discussion that took place in Geneva on May 17. Five seasoned human rights defenders faced off on the specific right to freedom of expression and how it relates to the internet. How to reconcile practice and principles when it comes to freedom of expression on the net? Anyone?

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Federal Minister for IT Slaps Nationwide Twitter Ban on Pakistani Citizens

ISLAMABAD 22 May 2012 (B4A for Bytes for All)

On Sunday, 20 May 2012, APC member Bytes for All (B4A) reported that “once again, Government of Pakistan has managed to block yet another social networking website Twitter.” Service to the website was restored the same day, yet civil society must “reject this oppressive slap on citizens basic human right to democracy, freedom of expression and access to information.”

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New release: The OpenNet Initiative's 2011 Year in Review

CAMBRIDGE 8 May 2012 (Qichen Zhang for ONI Blog)

The OpenNet Initiative released its 2011 Year in Review, a collection of the year’s top instances of filtering, surveillance, and information warfare around the globe. The spotlight was on the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US and on Asian and Middle Eastern countries and regimes as well as European and American companies for their role in internet censorship.

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Freedom of expression and the internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?

MONTREAL 4 May 2012 (FD for APCNews)

How do we reconcile theory and practice when it comes to freedom of expression and the internet? From May 14 to 18, Geneva will be hosting the WSIS Forum 2012, where the Association for Progressive Communications has organised two thematic workshops, one of them about freedom of expression and the internet.

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Civil Liberties In India And Technological Revolution

India has been resisting technological
revolution
for long.

How Africa tweets - visualised

United Kingdon

How Africa tweets: visualised

Twitter is often thought of as a European and American phenomenon. But how does Africa use the social networking tool? Tweetminster and Portland have analysed more than 11.5m geo-located Tweets from the last three months of 2011.

UK: Radical phone and Internet monitoring proposal to be put to parliament

UK

Press release
2 April 2012

Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a bill allowing monitoring of all phone calls, text messages, emails and other electronic communications that the British government plans to submit to parliament in the coming weeks.

“We are shocked to hear more and more supposedly democratic countries such as India, France, Australia and now the United Kingdom express

Pakistan internet censorship - citizens must remain vigilent

ISLAMABAD 2 April 2012 (Bytes for All)

When the Government of Pakistan announced that it would be filtering the internet, Bytes for All initiated a major campaign against what it called an unconstitutional decision. Supported by multiple national and international human rights organisations, news has been released that the plans to filter Pakistani internet have been cancelled.

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Freedom Fone wins Index on Censorship Innovation Award

Zimbabwe

Technology doesn’t change the world, how we use it does

Last night, at an award ceremony in London organised and hosted by Index on Censorship , Kubatana won the award for Innovation in media technology for our Freedom Fone project.

Our information officer Upenyu Makoni-Muchemwa was there to receive the award.

Freedom Fo

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