Security & privacy

More than a hundred global groups make a principled stand against surveillance


For some time now there has been a need to update understandings of existing human rights law to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.

New WikiLeaks doco begs the question: should the public know state secrets


I would expect most people leaving the cinema after watching the recently-released documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, would plunge into debate over a raft of flow-on topics, such as is Julian Assange a crusader for civilian empowerment and government/corporate accountability or a cheeky, power-hungry hacker hell bent on anarchy and achieving hero-status.

Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law

24 July 2013 (Nadine Moawad for APCNews)

Jordanians speak up and take action against the government’s attempts to regulate and licence online “news websites”. Internet freedom activists have stressed the law’s restriction on freedom of expression and have called the licencing scheme that the law proposes obsolete and undemocratic.

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We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance

8 July 2013 (Carly Nyst for The Guardian)

Privacy International’s Carly Nyst talks about PI’s legal action against the British government for co-operating with the US’ NSA/Prism programme and the Orwellian Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an opaque layer of the British legal system.

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Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action

8 July 2013 (Korean Progressive Network 'Jinbonet')

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

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Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights

21 June 2013
GENEVA 21 June 2013 (APCNews) -


_Civil society organisations drafted a declaration on the recent revelations about the surveillance of citizens’ online activity by the government of the United States.

Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders

By Shawna Finnegan and Jennifer Radloff (June 2013, APC )
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Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance

MONTEVIDEO 14 June 2013 (AL for BestBits)

After revelations of systematic surveillance by the US government, APC and other civil society organizations call the US Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. The call can be endorsed online.

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US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM

WINNIPEG 13 June 2013 (Shawna Finnegan and Carly Nyst for APCNews and Privacy International )

As leaked classified documents reveal widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency, the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, examines implications of States’ surveillance of communications on fundamental rights.

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