Security and privacy

Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats
Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats 12 September 2012

“Pakistan is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists,” reads a report recently produced and published by Bytes For All, Pakistan. Based on a research survey commissioned by Internews, the report takes a hard look at the awareness Pakistani journalists and bloggers have of their own digital security.

New guide: Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan
New guide: Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan 17 August 2012

B4A Pakistan has recently published new research on “Digital Security and Journalists: A Snapshot of Awareness and Practice in Pakistan”, which aims to help journalists and bloggers – especially women – better understand the dangers online, and provides them with tools to communicate online in a secure way.

APC consults on guidance to protect human rights in the ICT sector
APC consults on guidance to protect human rights in the ICT sector 23 July 2012

As part of its work with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), APC’s Connect Your Rights! project participated in the consultation process for the development of EU ICT sector guidance on protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows
Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows 29 June 2012

The Association for Progressive Communications and its member group in Pakistan, Bytes For All, is deeply concerned about Google’s latest business trip to Pakistan. Here are a few questions on Google’s planned policy on data retention and collection.

Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided
Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided 11 May 2012

“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a statement put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rights organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.

Job posting: Privacy International seeks Head of International Advocacy
Job posting: Privacy International seeks Head of International Advocacy 29 April 2012

Privacy International is seeking a Head of International Advocacy to represent the organization in the media and at conferences and events around the world, and administer our ‘Privacy in Developing Countries’ project. Click for the full job description and person specification.

The big snoop: The UK's temptation to become a big brother and what it means for the rest of us
The big snoop: The UK's temptation to become a big brother and what it means for the rest of us 20 April 2012

There are petitions everywhere. Tech-savvy people are outraged. The Telegraph, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times publish one story after another about it. What is it? The Big Snoop, or at least, we’ll call it that.    

APC statement: Internet rights organisations strongly denounce attack on anonymous online speech by US government
APC statement: Internet rights organisations strongly denounce attack on anonymous online speech by US government 20 April 2012

On April 18th, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. In solidarity, APC has written a statement denouncing the attack on the right to anonymity by the US government. Join us and sign the statement.

Panel identifies crucial link between online safety and social activism
Panel identifies crucial link between online safety and social activism 21 November 2011

A recent panel on “Social movements and data security” held at the University of Costa Rica highlights the crucial importance of information security to today’s activists.

Google+ to allow pseudonyms
Google+ to allow pseudonyms 21 October 2011

Recently, Google exec Vic Gundotra hinted that Google+ would soon be abandoning its strict ‘common names’ policy and would start supporting pseudonyms. This has been a controversial issue, with both Google+ and Facebook banning users registered under nicknames.