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Show your support for internet rights!

MONTEVIDEO 20 July 2011 (APC for APCNews)

In the wake of APC’s event at the Human Rights Council, over 40 countries have signed on to a joint statement in defense of freedom of expression. Check if your government is on the list and show your support.

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Show your support for internet rights

APC is calling on governments to follow up on their recent commitments to freedom of expression.

Google takes on sex (workers)

Google, Lord of the internet, has been the centre of some controversy of late. Well, of always. But I digress.

The internet hegemon recently removed “Turn off the Blue Light” from AdWords, claiming the site represented an egregious violation of its terms of service.

APC expresses concern over OECD Communique on principles for internet policy-making

JOHANNESBURG 1 July 2011 (APC for APC)

“Anyone involved in the development of the internet over the last twenty years knows that transgression has probably been a far greater driver of innovation than IP protection,” says APC in a statement which points to “positive signs” coming out of the recent OECD meeting but questions the take on intellectual property as well as internet intermediaries’ responsibility for policing the net.

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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…

Closer than ever: A guide for social change organisations who want to start working online

MONTEVIDEO 27 June 2011 (KAH for APCNews)

APC has been working online since the late 1980s so it’s no wonder that a wealth of experience has been captured regarding how to best do social justice work remotely. Margarita Salas interviewed 60 people in the network about their experiences and shares their recommendations and views in a new guide.

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Joint Statement on Freedom of Expression

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Our hard work has paid off.

US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet'

The US State Department has been practically throwing money at activists and entrepreneurs in an effort to build independent internet networks for citizens of repressive regimes. This comes as part of a wider US effort to help internet users, particularly human rights activists, evade government censorship and surveillance.

Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man

So it turns out Gay Girl in Damascus, the “woman” who stole our hearts with tales of her repression in Syria, is really a man.

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