Asia/Pacific

End violence: Most significant change story from Pakistan

8 September 2014 (Gul Bukhari from Bytes for All for APCNews)

The APC End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project is changing women’s lives. We wanted to offer a closer, more personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, we share the story of Urooj Zia, a woman living in Karachi, Pakistan, who started the platform Laalteyn after learning through digital training by Bytes for All how ICTs could be used to help adult survivors of abuse.

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Nairobi: Policy consultation workshop on technology-related violence against women

Kenya

Women leaders are expressing concerns over the skyrocketing cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) globally.

GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey

By APC (September 2014, APC )

This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online. The assessment is based on the La Rue framework and focuses on internet regulation, internet access, blocking, surveillance, liability of internet intermediaries, criminalisation of legitimate expression, and cyber-attacks.

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GISWatch Special Report 2014 - Internet rights that went wrong in Turkey

1 September 2014 (GISWatch for APCNews)

This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online. The assessment is based on the La Rue framework and focuses on internet regulation, internet access, blocking, surveillance, liability of internet intermediaries, criminalisation of legitimate expression, and cyber-attacks.

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Asia Pacific stakeholders assert ‘Human rights should be the heart of internet governance discussion’

Philippines

Annually since 2010, stakeholders coming from different countries in the Asia Pacific (AP) meet to discuss pertinent issues on internet governance.

NetHui 2014: New Zealand discusses the next 25 years of the internet

Wellington, New Zealand.

NetHui 2014 was the fourth annual meet up of the New Zealand internet community. Hosted by InternetNZ the theme was Shaping Our Future Together: The Internet in 25 years. Judging by attendance numbers and the quality of discussion, the future of the internet in New Zealand is bright indeed.

End violence: Most significant change story from the Philippines

26 June 2014 (Foundation for Media Alternatives for APCNews)

The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. We wanted to offer a closer, more personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, we share the story of Britney Fae Corpuz, a transwoman activist and member of Gender and Development Advocates Filipinas.

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Ground breaking study on hate speech online in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 11 June 2014 (BytesForAll Pakistan)

APC member Bytes for All Pakistan has just released the first study on hate speech online in the country. More than 92% of Pakistani users encountered hate speech online, and more than 51% identified themselves as targets of such speech, a survey included in the study revealed. Read more about the issue from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective.

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South Korean civil society statement on NETmunidal

SEOUL 6 May 2014 (Jinbonet)

This statement, supported by APC member in South Korea Jinbonet, observes that NETmundial was “a successful experiment, providing a cornerstone model for making internet public policy decision-making processes more transparent, democratic and cooperative,” despite its shortcomings.

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Digital Storytelling: Animating Personal and Political Narratives

Mumbai

As I walked into the conference room at YMCA, Mumbai to attend the Digital Storytelling Workshop, I realised I was one among fifteen participants who were excited, curious and eager to embark on the five-day journey.

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