Security & privacy

Panel identifies crucial link between online safety and social activism

BUENOS AIRES 21 November 2011 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for PARM APC)

A recent panel on “Social movements and data security” held at the University of Costa Rica highlights the crucial importance of information security to today’s activists.

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Google+ to allow pseudonyms

Ottawa

Recently, Google exec Vic Gundotra hinted that Google+ would soon be abandoning its strict ‘common names’ policy and would start supporting pseudonyms.

This has been a controversial issue, with both Google+ and Facebook banning users registered under nicknames.

Secure My Video Guide - a work in progress

EngageMedia has released the Secure My Video Guide, which contributes “to best practice tactics ensuring the publication and access to social justice video is secure under volatile conditions.” The guide is an open document, a work in progress and encourages contributions.

Women human rights defenders and the internet

PRAGUE 23 September 2011 (GenderIT.org for GenderIT.org)

GenderIT examines the risks many activists face online. “Security emerged not only as one of the main topics in our interviews but also forced us to change our ways of working so that we didn’t jeopardise the safety of our interviewees,” say the editors. A must read.

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Should the private sector protect our online privacy?

OTTAWA 21 September 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

Increasingly governments are delegating responsibility for content restriction, surveillance, and even internet blackouts to private companies. APCNews spoke with Milka Pietikainen, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nokia Siemens about the role of the private sector in protecting our rights.

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Big Brother comes of age

Ottawa

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.

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