Freedom of expression

Internet rights are human rights

MONTEVIDEO 22 November 2010 (APC for APC)

Restricting free expression, association and the free flow of information on the internet has become a global trend and its intensity and impact is greatest in countries lacking a culture of democracy or strong human rights regimes. People who speak out against repression risk their own freedom and safety and the sites that carry their online denouncements are often censored or banned. A new APC project “Internet rights are human rights” starting in November 2010 builds on our long-standing work including our Internet Rights Charter aims to secure freedom of expression and association on the internet to those who need it most: human rights defenders.

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Remembering Kelesau Naan

Sarawak, Malaysia

Three years ago, a Penan headman disappeared.

In memory of Kelesau Naan grab our video and embed it onto your blog or website.

Could you be a cyber-terrorist? Avoid becoming “collateral damage”

BARCELONA 11 October 2010 (Pangea for APC)

Daniel is a photographer who lives in Europe. He works for a magazine and has recently travelled to Pakistan and the United States to illustrate an article about the architecture of mosques. When he gets home he is arrested – because his internet profile matches that of a cyber terrorist. How could it happen? And could it happen to you?

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CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate

USA

CommunicationisYourRight.org Encourages People to Speak Up and Create Media About their Human Right to Communicate.

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August 26, 2010
Contact: Mera Szendro Bok, email: myvoicearticle19@gmail.com

Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea

CALGARY 9 August 2010 (LC for APCNews)

Since South Korea’s conservative president was sworn in in 2008, administrative control on internet content has been getting progressively tighter in South Korea, a country with the second most connected population on Earth. Progressive groups criticise the government’s “three cyber evils”: the cyber insult law, the internet “real name” system and deep packet inspection to monitor and control internet communication.

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Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities

MONTEVIDEO 2 August 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

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Anonymous source denounces “Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan”

MONTEVIDEO 23 July 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

In a strongly worded blog post on APC.org, an anonymous blogger from Pakistan has named and shamed political actors and the courts as responsible for the recent “Facebook ban” which blocked over 10,000 websites in Pakistan. “We knew that it’s not blasphemous content which is depriving citizens from using the internet. We wanted to dig deeper to uncover the political motives of politicians that are taking a whole nation hostage for their own vested interests,” says the text. Essential reading for anyone following internet rights in South Asia.

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New deadline for subissions to “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) contest

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, PAFPNET, has recently launched an essay writing contest on “Youth and ICTs in Agriculture and Rural Development”. The deadline to apply is extended to 15 August 2010.

The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan

Karachi

It was 19th May 2010, when on the orders by Lahore High Court, Government of Pakistan placed a blanket ban on approximately 10,548 websites. From the very outset, we knew that this is NOT the blasphemous content, which is depriving citizens from using Internet and web enabled services.

APCNews 123 – History of APC, Pakistan censorship

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APCNews – July 1 2010 – Year XI Issue 123
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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“The whole idea was that information is enormously powerful,” recalls early APC member Roberto Bissio.

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