Freedom of expression

Statement from AMARC 9 conference

Amman, Jordan

This statemen was issued at the end of the Middle East and North Africa regional day during the Amarc9 conference held in Amman - 11 November 2006.

Blatant censorship is one thing. But who controls the controllers?

GOA, INDIA 1 November 2006 (APCNews)

Blatant censorship is one thing, and can be fought. But who controls the controllers? What about the more subtle forms of control and blockages, that often can work in the more brutal ways of the unseen hand? APC member-organisation RITS’s Carlos Afonso, made this point articulatedly at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. Afonso underlined that it was difficult to deal internet-related issues "without considering the situation of regulation, legislation and control of the network itself." He questioned the view that "the technical question is not as relevant as the other issues." What is the responsibility of network operators? Controlling players decide if voice over IP traffic can pass through an exchange point or not.

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Coup d'Etat in Thailand

Malaysia

Television and radio broadcasts were suspended yesterday, and back in full-swing again. Meanwhile, bloggers have quickly responded by setting up community sites to let the news out.

Who gets to speak? 50 million blogs and 6 billion people

DCI workshop, Grahamstown, South Africa

On the first day of the Digital Citizen’s Indaba in Grahamstown, South Africa, Ethan Zukerman asked: “50 million people Style information: This term should not be capitalised.

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people – not exactly representative is it?”

Culture or Theft? The Road to Rio

Melbourne, Australia

Getting to the 2006 iSummit took Andrew Garton to Santiago where he spent two days musing over digital rights management amidst trips to the Brazilian Consulate, Internet cafe's and "real" coffee shops.

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM

GOA, India

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what's happening on this front.

Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger

GOA, India

An ant, they say, can infuriate an elephant. That is, if the ant choose the right target, and goes into the elephant's ear. In the Egyptian world of technology, an 24-year-old engineer is doing the same by giving a voice to protest that's otherwise stifled in that part of the globe.

Alaa Abd El-Fatah released

Johannesburg

Alaa has finally be released after 45 days in prison. We heard the good news from Manal earlier this week. Here is a news report from the The Independent published on 21 June 2006.

Depressing birthday, national budget and Sales Tax on Computers

Pakistan

Supposedly the birthday should be a bright day, with pleasant weather, gifts, lots of flowers, hundreds of birthday wishes via SMS and emails, sumptuous ice cream cake, dinner party with friends etc. However, this wasn’t the case on my birthday this year.

Human rights, Cuba and the internet

Says Amnesty International: "Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas has been staging a hunger strike since 31 January 2006 to obtain access to Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

for all Cubans. Internet remains under governmental control, accessible only through official organizations or at hotels from where Cuban nationals are normally barred".

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