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Moving beyond the tool: ICTs in the sustainable development discussion at Rio+20

By Shawna Finnegan and Lisa Cyr (August 2012, International Institute for Sustainable Development )

Though Rio has a long history with ICTs, dating back to the original Earth Summit in 1990 when APC set up “communications centres” for the UN, there was very little reflection at the summit 20 years later. APC’s Shawna Finnegan and Lisa Cyr report on their observations at the conference.

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Freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association and the internet

By Alex Comninos (June 2012, APC )

Demonstrations in the middle-east and student protests in Chile or Quebec have shown that the internet can augment the capacity of citizens to form associations and organise protests. Campaigning through websites, microblogging and other uses of technology help increase the membership and reach of associations, provide powerful ways to organise peaceful assemblies online and on the streets. This issue paper by Alex Comninos sheds a new light on how the internet impacts the exercise of the right to freedom of association and freedom of assembly.

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Connect Your Rights! New and upcoming challenges

26 July 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for www.derechoshumanoseninternet.org )

In the past months many liberal democracies, such as the USA and the United Kingdom, have adopted repressive measures and made clear attempts to the free and democratic participation of people online. In parallel, activists all around the world are using the internet and social networks to denounce these rights abuses and work together to create more just and efficient legislations.

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Copyright and the digital divide

SEOUL

It’s day two of the ‘Informal’ Asia Europe Foundation meeting on human rights and ICTs, and we’re split up into workshops to discuss recommendations that will go to the Foundation’s ministerial meeting in November: I’m in the workshop on digital divide.

The UN recognises freedom of expression on the internet as a human right

NEW YORK 6 July 2012 (AL for APCNews)

“The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online,” says an unprecedented resolution approved recently by the Human Rights Council.

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UN Human Rights Council holds first-ever discussion on Women Human Rights Defenders

The 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council convened a 3-hour panel on 26 June on Women Human Rights Defenders as part of its annual full-day discussion on women’s human rights.

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20 years later: APC to push for a more sustainable use of ICTs in Rio

CALGARY 13 June 2012 (LC for APCNews)

As international organisations, civil society, governments and the private sector gather in Rio for the UN convention on sustainable development and the People’s summit, APC staff and members, too, will be live tweeting and reporting on the event, holding workshops and speaking on panels.

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Green-my-tech tip sheets

By GreenNet (June 2012, APC )

This practical set of tip sheets compiled by GreenNet offers hands-on computing tips; like where and how to select technology, software and peripherals, storing information, disposal and end of life.

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Freedom of expression and the Internet: How to reconcile practice and principles?

GENEVA 22 May 2012 (ITU)

Watch the full (and very dynamic) discussion that took place in Geneva on May 17. Five seasoned human rights defenders faced off on the specific right to freedom of expression and how it relates to the internet. How to reconcile practice and principles when it comes to freedom of expression on the net? Anyone?

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Must read: The internet, human rights and the UPR

GENEVA 22 May 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for APC)

This must-read Q&A is a great resource on how the internet and human rights are related. This short catch-all article summarises the “why” behind APC’s efforts to have the internet recognised as a very powerful enabler of human rights. It’s the one article you should read to dig into what’s happening at the UN in Geneva this week.

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