Security and privacy

Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders
Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders 17 June 2013

The internet is having a significant impact on the risks faced by human rights defenders, including reprisals. Human rights defenders’ private or anonymous online communication is increasingly subject to state surveillance, while threats and intimidation often manifest in online spaces. This submission to the annual report of the UN Secretary-General considers the role of the internet in attacks and retaliation against human rights defenders.

Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance
Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance 14 June 2013

After revelations of systematic surveillance by the US government, APC and other civil society organizations call the US Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. The call can be endorsed online.

US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM
US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM 13 June 2013

As leaked classified documents reveal widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency, the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, examines implications of States’ surveillance of communications on fundamental rights.

New research suggests that governments may fake SSL certificates
New research suggests that governments may fake SSL certificates 10 June 2013

This is a fragment of a blog post by Seth Schoen published on the EEF website Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in

US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council
US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council 10 June 2013

After recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States civil society calls on the Human Rights Council to act swiftly to prevent the creation of a global Internet based surveillance system.

APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society
APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society 16 May 2013

APC has released a new issue paper, “A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?” For the release of this issue paper, author Alex Comninos spoke with APC’s Shawna Finnegan about cybersecurity, ICTs for human security and conflict prevention, and the challenges faced by civil society.

Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights
Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights 03 May 2013

“Who controls the web? On whose behalf? How free are we really to access content?” These are questions that are being asked and answered by a global, crowd-sourced film project. Instituto Nupef, APC member in Brazil, has launched a collaborative documentary film project.

A cyber security agenda for civil society: What is at stake?
A cyber security agenda for civil society: What is at stake? 03 May 2013

This paper introduces some important conceptual issues in cybersecurity, investigates some important cybersecurity threats, and provides suggestions on what a civil society approach to cybersecurity should look like.

The Guardian hosts live debate Thursday 11 April on ICTs and social justice
The Guardian hosts live debate Thursday 11 April on ICTs and social justice 10 April 2013

This Thursday at 12:00 UTC, Jennifer Radloff, Connect Your Rights! project coordinator will be joining an expert panel to discuss how social justice organisations use ICTs in their work and the digital security risks involved. The event is open to anyone registered at www.guardian.co.uk and can also be followed on Twitter at #globaldevlive.

Now in Spanish: Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders
Now in Spanish: Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders 11 March 2013

APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign just released a long-awaited Spanish version of its “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” Now a completely bilingual resource for human rights defenders, the interactive website publication is available in Spanish at http://derechos.apc.org/infoseguridad.