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Carlos Afonso delivers the opening speech at CSTD 16th session

JOHANNESBURG 6 June 2013 (APCNews)

Carlos Afonso of APC’s member organisation in Brazil, Núcleo de Pesquisas, Estudos e Formação (Nupef), delivers a compelling opening speech at the 16th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in Geneva, 3-7 June 2013.

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Press release: Freedom of expression and hate speech continue to dominate internet rights discourse at UPR

BOGOTÁ 21 May 2013 (Shawna Finnegan for APCNews)

Between 22 April and 3 May 2013, the UN Human Rights Council held the 16th session of its Universal Periodic Review. APC, together with its members and partners, developed submissions for the inclusion of internet-related human rights issues in the recommendations made for the reviews of Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Canada and Colombia.

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CIVICUS publishes state of civil society report 2013

29 April 2013 (AG for APCNews)

CIVICUS just launched its State of Civil Society report for 2013, “Creating an enabling environment for civil society.” APC contributed a section of the report on the state of the internet from a civil society perspective.

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Understanding impact: an Internet Rights are Human Rights training curriculum from APC

Bogotá, Colombia

Increasingly the internet is being viewed in the context of a global public good – that access to information can be a liberator and equaliser.

While it is a space for people around the world to exercise their fundamental human rights and freedoms,

Internet and corruption: GISWatch 2012 print edition now available

16 April 2013 (GISWatch)

Two of the most recent print editions of Global Information Society Watch are now available for on-demand ordering. Activists, academics and policy makers are encouraged to order copies of “Internet rights and democratisation” and “The internet and corruption” through a new, online service.

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On International Sex Worker Rights Day, sign our petition to the UN

MONTREAL 1 March 2013 (MK for APC)

This Sunday, 3 March 2012, is International Sex Worker Rights Day. As part of an ongoing campaign, APC’s projects Internet Rights are Human Rights and Take Back the Tech! are circulating a petition to protect sex workers’ rights that we will send to the UN this month. Sign it today!

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A human rights defender: talking about international support

Cairo

Who is a human rights defender? Who is a woman human rights defender? Is he the one with the fancy camera and tweeting for his thousands of followers? Is she the one with the cute face and a good English accent? Who are the ones ‘we’ consider worth our admiration, and more importantly now it seems, worthy of support, coverage and highlighting from international organizations and media?

New: Update on freedom of expression progress for 10 countries

The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011 looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.

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Monitoring freedom of expression: The La Rue framework

By Frank La Rue, APC (January 2013, APC )

In his 2011 annual report, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression focused on the Internet.
In doing so, the Rapporteur developed a broad framework for assessing freedom of expression on the Internet. Using this framework, General Comment 34 on Article 19 of the ICCPR, and recommendations made by UN Special Mandate holders, APC’s Internet Rights project has developed a draft checklist for civil society groups to monitor legislation, raise awareness, defend internet rights, and influence policy.

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Google dominance and the power of framing

Winnipeg, Canada

Last week the US Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its 19 month investigation into Google, concluding that the company had not violated antitrust laws in the algorithms used to arrange its web search results.

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