Security & privacy

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 GenderIT.org)

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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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

KUALA LUMPUR

SUPPORT BERSIH IN IT’S MOMENT OF NEED

I would like to thank all Bersih supporters for your kind outpouring of support thus far.

Pro-democracy protesters in Malaysia warn of internet clampdown

KUALA LUMPUR 8 July 2011 (APC for APCNews)

As the Bersih 2.0 protesters campaign for free and open elections, signs of a stuttering internet from various providers are becoming apparent, and are pointing to a possible internet and telco blackout warns the group . APC supports the Bersih protesters in their fight for democracy.

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APC questions new Pakistan petition to filter the internet

JOHANNESBURG 7 July 2011 (APC for APC)

A recent petition which calls on Pakistani internet service providers to filter the internet has sparked concern among internet rights advocates. APC criticises the proposal as inappropriate in a democratic society which values freedom of expression and the right to information.

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APC questions new Pakistan petition to filter the internet

7 July 2011
JOHANNESBURG 7 July 2011 (APC) -

A recent petition to the Lahore High Court has sparked concern among internet rights advocates. The petition calls on Pakistani internet service providers to filter the internet in an effort to stamp out online “smut”. APC criticises the proposal as inappropriate in a democratic society which values freedom of expression and the right to information.

How to use Skype safely

ICTD Asia has released a detailed guide for activists on how to use Skype safely. Like all good sources of knowledge, it’s in wiki format, so I encourage readers to add their own ideas. And of course, flame anyone who disagrees with you.

(Wikipedia and I have a…

"Gay Girl in Damascus" needs to Man Up, says APC

MONTEVIDEO 27 June 2011 (APC for APC)

Tom MacMaster’s masquerading as blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was harmful, say APC in a statement, and endangers the right to use the internet anonymously.

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APC: "Gay Girl in Damascus" needs to Man Up

16 June 2011
MONTEVIDEO 16 June 2011 (APC) -

The recent revelation that the Syrian blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was actually “Straight American Man in Scotland” Tom MacMaster sent ripples through international media circles and left deep scars in the LGBTI community.

But why is this hoax so potentially harmful?

It comes down to identity and rights.

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