Security & privacy

South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off

JOHANNESBURG 23 August 2010 (Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton for GenderIT.org)

While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problems in both policy and practice. Photo: “John Atherton”:http://www.flickr.com/people/gbaku/

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Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea

CALGARY 9 August 2010 (LC for APCNews)

Since South Korea’s conservative president was sworn in in 2008, administrative control on internet content has been getting progressively tighter in South Korea, a country with the second most connected population on Earth. Progressive groups criticise the government’s “three cyber evils”: the cyber insult law, the internet “real name” system and deep packet inspection to monitor and control internet communication.

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Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities

MONTEVIDEO 2 August 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

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The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan

Karachi

It was 19th May 2010, when on the orders by Lahore High Court, Government of Pakistan placed a blanket ban on approximately 10,548 websites. From the very outset, we knew that this is NOT the blasphemous content, which is depriving citizens from using Internet and web enabled services.

Pakistani internet ban is excuse to “curb voices against corruption”

ISLAMABAD 8 June 2010 (Bytes For All for APC)

By Sabeen Mahmud.By Sabeen Mahmud.After lifting the nationwide Facebook ban on May 31, the Lahore High Court directed authorities to devise methods to permanently block “blasphemous content” on the internet in Pakistan. “We believe that this order will be misused by the government to block citizens access to online activism and curb voices against corruption and corrupt practices by the government functionaries and that an open internet is essential in the fight for transparency,” says internet rights defender Bytes For All.

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Censorship, sexuality and the internet

MONTEVIDEO 30 April 2010 (APC for APCNews)

The proliferation of sexual content on the internet and the considerable size of the pornography market online is a concern to lots of different groups. However while the online adult sex industry accounts for 12% of web pages, the internet has also been used to express and explore a range of sexual experiences, relationships and content that cannot be considered “harmful”. This kind content is very important to people’s right to freedom of expression and right to information. Especially for people who have little access to resources, rights and spaces in the “off-line” world. Learn more about these issues and the research that APC is doing to understand them better.

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Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA

ISLAMABAD 8 March 2010 (Shazhad Ahmad for Bytes for All)

While members of the Pakistani parliament were on a diplomatic trip in the United States to talk about the impact of the ar on terror on northern rural tribes in the country, they were asked by airport security in Washington to be body-scanned. The right not to undergo a body scan is a privilege given to parliamentarians the world over. APC member Bytes for All in Pakistan applauds the Pakistani parliamentarians’ firm stance and refusal to be scanned.

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Take Back the Tech!

Location: 
All over the world!
Date and time: 
Nov 25 2010 (All day) - Dec 10 2010 (All day)

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence each year, the APC WNSP calls for everyone – especially women and grrls – to Take Back the Tech! and reclaim technology for the

MDG3 mid-term assessment and planning meeting

Location: 
Chartfield Guesthouse, Kalk Bay
Date and time: 
Feb 3 2010 (All day) - Feb 5 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

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