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Take Back the Tech: Declare your right to communicate May 3

On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, join Communication Is Your Right! and Take Back the Tech! for a global action day to defend our right to freely access, use, engage and share information and opinions and become our own media through information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Sony Network Suffers Massive Intrusion

Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation Network was currently down.

As if we hadn’t noticed.

Cambodian villagers take back the tech to end violence against their neighbours

AUSTIN 28 April 2011 (KB for APCNews)


In Cambodia women are traditionally considered subordinate to men and violence a socially acceptable way to resolve domestic conflicts. Now a grassroots group has brought together the locals and police in 25 villages using education, mobile phones and ham radios to break the silence that keeps violence against women a terrible family secret as part of APC’s Take Back the Tech!

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New research on sexuality and the internet is an “eye-opener”

MONTEVIDEO 27 April 2011 (KAH and AF for APCNews)

“It was an eye-opener,” says privacy advocate Gus Hosein when he talks about the findings from APC’s exploratory research on sexuality and the internet in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and USA. And it’s given him some good ammunition with which to field those annoying radio callers who question the need for privacy online.

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The Economist: police lack legal tools to combat cyberstalking

USA

The US-based magazine, The Economist, published an article today called Creepy Crawlies: The internet allows the malicious to menace their victims that paints a dire picture for victims of cyberstalking seeking justice.

A Chinese Facebook?


Mark Zuckerberg’s latest trip to China appears to have borne fruit. You know — that unidentifiable spiky fruit you just bought at the Chinese grocery store and now you’re not sure which part you’re supposed to eat.

Pakistan newspaper: how ICTs perpetrate violence against women

On April 3, Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper published an article, Virtual world, real dangers that summarises how ICTs are used in Pakistan to commit violence against women.

UK study: 40% of victims of cyberstalking are men

USA

A study in the United Kingdom on the extent and effect of cyberstalking shows that cyberstalking is more common now than physical harassment.

Brazilian feminist network uses street art and ICTs to fight violence against women

Photo credit: Rede Nami: Rede Nami, a feminist network in Brazil, uses street art and ICTs to fight VAWPhoto credit: Rede Nami: Rede Nami, a feminist network in Brazil, uses street art and ICTs to fight VAW

Rede Nami is a feminist urban art network of female artists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that promotes women’s rights and works to end violence against women (VAW) through art.

International Press institute contest: 2.7 million dolloars to advance digital news

India

Recent events in the Middle East have shown us that a new era in news making has arrived. The internet has shaped how news is disseminated, how it is received, and how it is digested.

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