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New Paper from the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society Connects Internet Protocols and Human Rights

13 December 2012
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[BERLIN and GENEVA, 13 December 2012] – “Like Internet protocols, human rights standards attempt to articulate principles that will apply universally over time, as ideas and conditions evolve,” a new paper argues.

Human rights and Internet protocols: comparing processes and principles

By Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria (December 2012, APC )

The Internet is a network that empowers at the edges, rather that the centre, rendering it a profoundly democratic and rights-fostering platform. Human rights are principles that seek to empower those at the margins rather than at the centre of power, rendering them a fundamentally empowering framework for individuals. This paper explores human rights and Internet protocols by comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate.

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APC and the UPR: 2012 in review

Winnipeg, Canada

On December 10th, the UN celebrated International Human Rights Day, highlighting “the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be in

Joint Submission on Internet-related Human Rights Issues in Cameroon

By Protege QV (December 2012, APC )
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South African ISPs squeezed by newly proposed legislation

JOHANNESBURG 11 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

South Africa is one of several countries that possesses a “notice and take down regime” for online content, meaning that internet service providers are obliged to take down content that is deemed controversial by a complainant. Understanding this regime as unconstitutional since its inception in 2002, an attorney in Johannesburg has embarked on crusade to change it.

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"Access is my right" campaign for a Pakistan free of censorship and surveillance

28 November 2012 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

This campaign launched by APC member Bytes for All from Pakistan is a call for larger human rights movement in the country and citizens to fight the ongoing censorship as it will further take its toll on already compromised civil liberties in the country. All individuals are invited to join the movement and protest by sharing the campaign visuals over the internet.

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Joy Liddicoat of APC connects the dots between human rights and internet governance

AUKLAND 7 November 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for MIND)

In edition 4 of the MIND magazine, which questions human rights in internet governance, Joy Liddicoat of the Association for Progressive Communications makes the point that freedom of expression only takes its full force for democratic change when we can exercise it together with all of our other rights and freedoms. She argues that human rights must be a main focus of all discussions at the IGF.

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Women human rights defenders and digital security: Reflections with a Latin American accent

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

A survey of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) conducted as part of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign revealed some interesting practices and perceptions in terms of their use of information and communications technologies in their work. Read an analysis.

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Policing expression online: hate speech, internet culture and online security

Winnipeg, Canada

What are the consequences of blocking access to hateful content? What role do individual internet users play in perpetuating discrimination online?

Although online hate speech has been a growing concern for many years, recent cases have demonstrated the complexity of this issue, and its impact on cultural, political, social, and economic well-being.

UPR 14: Freedom of expression, online censorship and the review of Pakistan

Winnipeg

On Monday, October 22nd, the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began the 14th session of its Working Group, reviewing the human rights situation in 14 countries, and reporting on the implementation of recommendations and pledges made in the fir

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