Freedom of expression

Azerbaijan: Prominent blogger, journalist and human rights defenders arrested

BAKU 30 January 2013 (Human Rights House)

Just months after the Internet Governance Forum, hundreds of people have demonstrated in Azerbaijan’s capital to express solidarity with recent protests in the central town of Ismayilli and denounce heavy police brutality. Some 40 participants were detained, including prominent blogger Emin Milli, investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova and human rights defenders.

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Monitoring freedom of expression: The La Rue framework

By Frank La Rue, APC (January 2013, APC )

In his 2011 annual report, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression focused on the Internet.
In doing so, the Rapporteur developed a broad framework for assessing freedom of expression on the Internet. Using this framework, General Comment 34 on Article 19 of the ICCPR, and recommendations made by UN Special Mandate holders, APC’s Internet Rights project has developed a draft checklist for civil society groups to monitor legislation, raise awareness, defend internet rights, and influence policy.

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Intermediary liability in South Africa

By Alex Comninos (October 2012, APC )

This paper looks at the role of internet intermediaries in South Africa as well as their limitations on enabling communication and facilitating information flows and the recently placed policy focus on internet intermediaries.

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New paper from APC and the Internet Society connects internet protocols and human rights

BERLIN 13 December 2012 (Joy Liddicoat and Avri Doria for APC)

“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. Commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications and the Internet Society, the issue paper released today compares the standards-making processes as well as the principles underlying human rights on the one hand and Internet protocols on the other.

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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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