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APCNews 121 – Pakistan & Facebook ban, open spectrum research


Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO 30 April 2010 (CLAM and Sex Politics Watch for

Proposals to fight cybercrime have been floating around in Brazil for more than a decade but the backers – primarily banks and music companies worried about internet fraud and unauthorised music sharing – couldn’t find public or parliamentary support till they switched their focus to child pornography. Lula has refused to sanction online censorship and the government has opened a public consultation on what a civil law to regulate the internet should look like. EroTICs researchers Corrêa, Maria and Queiroz explore the history of the Brazilian regulation debate and conclude that the time is ripe to talk about rights – and for feminists and sexual rights activists to get involved. Photo: “Mike Vondran”:

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Calling all readers in the USA: Survey on content filtering in public libraries

NEW YORK 19 March 2010 (Sex Work Awareness for APC)

APC has teamed up with Sex Work Awareness in a study to look at content filtering systems in public libraries with internet access in the United States, with an eye towards reproductive health and sexuality. Find out more and take the survey!

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YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up

ISLAMABAD 8 February 2010 (Bytes For All)

A video showing President Asif Ali Zardari losing his temper in a public speech was recently censored in Pakistan. Bytes for All and its members vehemently condemn the Government’s block on YouTube and considers it yet another attack on civil liberties and free speech in the country.

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Take Back the Tech!

All over the world!
Date and time: 
Nov 25 2010 (All day) - Dec 10 2010 (All day)

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence each year, the APC WNSP calls for everyone – especially women and grrls – to Take Back the Tech! and reclaim technology for the

South Korean gov't threatens public media centre MediAct - join the protest

SEOUL 28 January 2010 (MediAct for MediAct)

South Korean communication media training and education centre MediAct is in danger of being shut down by the conservative government in Korea. This democratic centre has played a key role in democratising Korea’s media since the end of the dictatorship and has trained thousands of people on media production as well as developing many policy proposals that have changed Korea’s mediascape. Immediate international support is vital to keeping MediAct open. Please sign the petition or read on to find out more about MediAct and other ways to show your support.

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MDG3 mid-term assessment and planning meeting

Chartfield Guesthouse, Kalk Bay
Date and time: 
Feb 3 2010 (All day) - Feb 5 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

Alternatives under attack from conservative gov't: Pledge your support

MONTEVIDEO 10 December 2009 (KAH for APCNews)

Today hundreds of people will march through Montreal in support of APC member Alternatives – a non-profit organisation which has helped thousands of people living in some of the most difficult situations in the world. Alternatives has come under attack from the right-wing Conservative government in Canada and it is rumoured faces savage funding cuts which could threaten its existence. Join the Facebook campaign to Save Alternatives and send your letters of support.

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Day 8 of Take Back the Tech! The Great Pornography Debate - What's the harm?

KUALA LUMPUR 2 December 2009 (Take Back the Tech! for APC)
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Is porn harmful? Does it contribute to violence against women? Should it be censored? Is it misunderstood? Are there many types of sexual expressions that get clumped under one category of "pornography"? Does the internet actually provide opportunities to allow for more diverse expression of sexualities? Does it have benefits instead? What kind? Who should regulate it? The user of porn? The makers of porn? The gatekeepers of the internet? The government? The consumer association? No one? What's your take? Share your opinion and stories on the Take Back The Tech! Great Debate on Online Pornography.
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Take Back the Tech!

25 Nov – 10 Dec 2010 ******************************************

From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your SMS fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end violence ag

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