Security & privacy

Azerbaijan: After the 2012 IGF, freedom of expression more vulnerable

BALI 28 October 2013 (AL for APCNews)

The situation for Azerbaijani activists who work online did not improve after the IGF came to town in 2012. In fact, it actually became worse. APCNews talks to Gulnara Akhundova of International Media Support and Emin Huseynov from the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety about the impact one year later.

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Written submission for the hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on global US/NSA surveillance

28 October 2013 (EFF)

Mass surveillance programs of the US/NSA violate fundamental human rights of non-U.S. persons. The document available for download was submitted today by dozens of organisations in the American hemisphere, in hopes that the mass surveillance of the US will be condemned, reaffirming human rights principles, established by international human rights law.

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Security vulnerabilities at the IGF registration process

BALI 25 October 2013 (APCNews)

In this year’s edition of the IGF the security of the internet was discussed from the perspectives of the users, governments and business. Several times panelists insisted that cybersecurity starts at home and people need to be sensitised to that. Yet, there was a major security vulnerability in the registration process that nobody noticed or raised.

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IGF cybersecurity fail: website leaks personal data with aid of participants

by Alex Comninos, 25 October 2013

When registering for the IGF, you may very well have exposed your personal data, including full name, ID/passport number to criminals, spies, intelligence agencies and dragnet surveillance programmes.

Activists share best practices in cybersecurity at the 2013 Internet Governance Forum

MONTREAL 17 October 2013 (Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

We see from the headlines that the security of digital networks and information is becoming increasingly important. To shed light on the practical steps that members of civil society can take to protect themselves and their activism, APC and Tactical Tech are hosting a peer-learning session called a “Disco-tech” on the night before the global IGF in Bali, 21 October 2013.

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Zimbabwe: New SIM registration database law represses twin rights to privacy and expression

Harare, Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government extended its reach into the private lives of its citizens this week by promulgating a new law establishing a central database of information about all mobile telephone users in the country.

Reflecting on the Human Rights Council as a space to halt mass surveillance

Johannesburg, South Africa

Last Friday the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council came to a close in Geneva.

NGOs at the Human Rights Council: Apply human rights law to state surveillance

GENEVA 20 September 2013 (APC)

Civil society organisations today called upon the members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.

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Applying human rights law to state surveillance

20 September 2013
GENEVA 20 September 2013 () -

Principles are launched seeking to update understandings of human rights to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.

Civil society organisations on Friday, September 20 called upon the members of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.

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Civil Society Statement read by APC to the Human Rights Council on Canada UPR report

By Shawna Finnegan (September 2013, APC )
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