Security and privacy

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 signifi...

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.

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.

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.

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.

IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants
IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants 24 October 2013

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.

Activists share best practices in cybersecurity at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum
Activists share best practices in cybersecurity at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum 17 October 2013

We see from the headlines that the security of digital networks and information is becoming increasingly important. To shed light on the practical steps that members of civil society can take to protect themselves and their activism, APC and Tactical Tech are hosting a peer-learning session called a “Disco-tech” on the night before the global IGF in Bali, 21 October 2013.