Security and privacy

Secure My Video Guide - a work in progress
Secure My Video Guide - a work in progress 19 October 2011

EngageMedia has released the Secure My Video Guide, which contributes “to best practice tactics ensuring the publication and access to social justice video is secure under volatile conditions.” The guide is an open document, a work in progress and encourages contributions.

Connect Your Rights!: Training workshop in Central America
Connect Your Rights!: Training workshop in Central America 12 October 2011

APC invites members of women’s rights defenders organisations in Central America to participate in the workshop on data and identity protection and security for human rights defenders. The workshop, which lasts 5 days, is organised by APC’s Women’s Network Support Program as part of its campaign “Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights.” The workshop will consist on intensive days for the learning of theorical and practical uses of technology to cov...

Women human rights defenders and the internet
Women human rights defenders and the internet 23 September 2011

GenderIT examines the risks many activists face online. “Security emerged not only as one of the main topics in our interviews but also forced us to change our ways of working so that we didn’t jeopardise the safety of our interviewees,” say the editors. A must read.

Should the private sector protect our online privacy?
Should the private sector protect our online privacy? 21 September 2011

Increasingly governments are delegating responsibility for content restriction, surveillance, and even internet blackouts to private companies. APCNews spoke with Milka Pietikainen, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nokia Siemens about the role of the private sector in protecting our rights.

Big Brother comes of age
Big Brother comes of age 02 September 2011

Not to be outdone by their neighbours to the south, Canada is now a late entry to the Big Brother Awards.

London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet
London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet 14 August 2011

Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.    

Anonymous declares war on Facebook.  Irony lost on most.
Anonymous declares war on Facebook. Irony lost on most. 10 August 2011

Members of Anonymous — the people who endeared themselves to me by pissing off the Church of Scientology — have recently vowed to destroy our old pal Facebook, claiming that the site spies on its users and gives their information to government agencies.

France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing
France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing 04 August 2011

France has started to disconnect its first users under its new three strikes system. That is, if you are caught file-sharing, you are sent an angry letter telling you to stop. If you persist, you get an angrier letter. Three strikes, and you lose your internet connection for six months.

Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet?
Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet? 01 August 2011

Controlling what users can and can’t see on computers using filtering software is standard in US libraries. APC questions the Denver Public Library on their filtering policy and practices in a fictional exchange that tackles very real questions of freedom of information.

Southern African IGF
Southern African IGF 31 July 2011

On September 1-3 the first ever Southern African Internet Governance Forum kicks off in Johannesburg in preparation for the global UN internet forum to be held in Kenya. Hosted by APC, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and South African non-profit SANGONeT, the event is aimed at ensuring that the views and voices of Southern Africa are represented in Kenya...