Security & privacy

Big Brother comes of age


Not to be outdone by their neighbours to the south, Canada is now a late entry to the Big Brother Awards.

London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON 15 August 2011 (APC/GreenNet for APCNews)

Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.

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London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet

15 August 2011
JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON 15 August 2011 (APC/GreenNet) -

In the media and in public policy debates fingers were quick to point at the use of social media and mobile phones in spurring on the riots that overwhelmed several English cities last week and in helping looters evade the police.

Anonymous declares war on Facebook. Irony lost on most.

Members of Anonymous — the people who endeared themselves to me by pissing off the Church of Scientology — have recently vowed to destroy our old pal Facebook, claiming that the site spies on its users and gives their information to government agencies.

France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing

France has started to disconnect its first users under its new three strikes system.

That is, if you are caught file-sharing, you are sent an angry letter telling you to stop. If you persist, you get an angrier letter. Three strikes, and you lose your internet connection for six months.

Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet?

ROSARIO 1 August 2011 (Flavia Fascendini for

Controlling what users can and can’t see on computers using filtering software is standard in US libraries. APC questions the Denver Public Library on their filtering policy and practices in a fictional exchange that tackles very real questions of freedom of information.

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Southern African IGF

Date and time: 
Sep 1 2010 - Sep 3 2010


South Africa
Related projects: 
Internet Governance Forum (IGF)


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On September 1-3 the first ever Southern African Internet Governance Forum kicks off in Johannesburg in preparation for the global UN internet forum to be held in Kenya.

Hosted by APC, the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and South African non-profit SANGONeT, the event is aimed at ensuring that the views and voices of Southern Africa are represented in Kenya at

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The Hilton Hotel 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton Johannesburg

Connect your rights training workshop

Date and time: 
Jul 25 2011 - Jul 29 2011
Related projects: 
Internet rights are human rights


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Parents use Facebook to spy on their kids

A recent study found that over half of parents use social networking sites to spy on their children. In most cases this included monitoring their status updates, looking at their wall and even creeping their pictures.

Uncool, dad.

Malaysian pro-democracy group faces threats of violence and sexual abuse - appeal for help



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