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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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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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Online and offline sex worker rights are human rights

6 December 2012 (FD for APCNews)

APC’s Connect Your Rights campaign is teaming up with the global campaign Take Back The Tech – fighting violence against women – on its 12th day of action (from 16). We are offering three stories to make the case for urgent action on sex worker rights, online and offline. Read more and be sure to sign our petition.

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Syria's internet shutdown violates international human rights law

30 November 2012 (APCNews)

At 10:26 UTC on November 29th, Syria’s international internet connectivity was shut down. APC strongly condemns this shut down, which threatens the safety and security of the Syrian people, and clearly violates international human rights law.

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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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Freedom of expression and women human rights defenders in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

GenderIT.org contributor Daysi Flores looks at a number of new cybercrime laws in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala that pose a threat to online security, the right to privacy, and freedom of expression and association for the countries’ citizens in general, but for women human rights defenders in particular.

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APC in solidarity with the Open Letter of the 'Expression Online Initiative' at the 7th IGF

BAKU 7 November 2012 (APC)

APC stands in solidarity with the Expression Online Initiative, which expressed serious concerns regarding violations of UN principles currently taking place at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The violations include restrictions on freedom of expression and association and failure to guarantee equal rights for every participant. Read Expression Online’s open letter.

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Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles

BAKU 5 November 2012 (APC)

The Internet Society and APC are working on a paper which explores human rights and internet protocols, comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate. The draft document takes a look at the parallels and differences between the open internet model of development and the exercise of human rights online, with the objective to foster discussions between the respective communities to advance an open human rights-fostering internet.

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New publication: Infographic in Portuguese on the impact of the internet and human rights

BERLIN 30 October 2012 (FD for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications has started a project called Connect Your Rights! in early 2011. Meant to make the links between fundamental human rights offline and online, it published an infographic in mid-2012 to offer a visualization of the impact that the internet provokes on the human rights regime. After a successful first run in social media and at events worldwide, the infographic was translated to Portuguese by Brazilian group NUPEF.

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