68 NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
We encourage governments to support the creation of a Special Rapporteur with a mandate to provide guidance on the scope and content of the right to privacy.
The Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Derechos Digitales, Karisma Foundation, the Association for Progressive Communications, the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, and the Association for Civil Rights will participate in a thematic hearing on the impact of the internet in the defense and exercise of human rights before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The audience will take place in Washington, DC, during the 153th Period of Sessions, the 28th of October.
The 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC27) will take place in Geneva from 8-26 September 2014. APC will be attending the session to focus on internet rights and will be supporting a group of sexual rights activists who will be attending the Council for the first time. This briefing note highlights the key internet rights related issues in the Council’s agenda for this session as well as countries under scrutiny in the Univeral Periodic Review (UPR).
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) mobilises for the 9th annual Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 31 August – 5 September 2014.
NetHui 2014 was the fourth annual meet up of the New Zealand internet community. Hosted by InternetNZ the theme was Shaping Our Future Together: The Internet in 25 years. Judging by attendance numbers and the quality of discussion, the future of the internet in New Zealand is bright indeed.
APC strongly condemns the conviction of Egyptian activist and APC partner Alaa Abd El Fattah, sentenced on 11 June 2014 to 15 years in prison for organising a protest. He was convicted in absentia, along with 24 other protestors. We call on the Egyptian government to release the prisoners and repeal the draconian protest law introduced in November 2013. We call on the APC community to join the campaign to #FreeAlaa.
Last week in Barcelona, APC brought together activists, transformative techies, human rights defenders and academics from across the globe for our 12th tri-annual member meeting at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech UPC).
At the NETmundial opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, President Dilma Rousseff sanctioned the historic Marco Civil Internet Bill of Rights, which was formally approved by the national parliament in March.