Asia/Pacific

New bill prompts debate on online freedoms and rights for New Zealanders

WELLINGTON 22 April 2014 (JL for APCNews)

APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand. We believe it adds to the progressive trend to put internet rights at the centre of the political debate and opens the opportunity to address internet freedoms in a structural way.

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New bill prompts debate on online freedoms and rights for New Zealanders

22 April 2014
WELLINGTON 22 April 2014 (APCNews) -

APC welcomes the new Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill proposal launched by Green Party Member of Parliament Gareth Hughes in New Zealand.

ASEAN Forum discusses freedom of expression in the digital age

Philippines

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has recognised the vital role of information and communications technology (ICT) in ASEAN integration. Towards this end, it has laid out plans for its development under the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan.

Hooked on: Sex work and mobile phones

India

“I keep one mobile phone for the family and one for the clients,” said Renuka Kale, a sex worker in her late twenties living in Sangli district in south Maharashtra and an activist with VAMP* (Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad, also known as the Sex Workers’ Collective Against Injustice).

Bangladesh Delegation@ NETmundial 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Bangladesh Delegation@ NETmundial 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum (BIGF) is joining to The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance on 23rd and 24th April, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP.

NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia

GENEVA 20 March 2014 (COMANGO)

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

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2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference to address freedom of expression and women's human rights online

PERGAMINO 20 March 2014 (FF for APCNews)

The ASEA People’s Forum is holding its first ICTs related workshop co-organised by APC, EROTICS Indonesia, Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc, Myanmar ICT Development organization, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives. It will take place on 22 March in Myanmar, and will address issues such as freedom of expression, privacy, and women’s human rights in evolving digital information societies.

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Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

This is the third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014.

While the publication and transmission of online pornography is already an offence in India, “two 2013 petiti

APC member FMA continues to fight for internet freedom despite passage of "Cyber Martial Law"

QUEZON CITY 11 March 2014 (Foundation for Media Alternatives for APCNews)

The Foundation for Media Alternatives is dismayed by the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the majority of provisions in a cyber crime law that the organisation views as oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the constitution.

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Rural women journalists and ICTs

6 March 2014 (Rohini Lakshané and Zulfiya Hamzaki for EROTICS India)

Rural women trying to access ICTs in developing countries often face the double whammy of the digital divide and the constraints and restrictions imposed upon their gender. One of the solutions identified for bridging the digital divide for rural women has been consistent training and access to technology so that they can put the lessons from training into practice.

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