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User-generated content and social networking in the Arab spring and beyond

By Alex Comninos (May 2011, APC )
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Youths turn to community theater and digital story telling to address domestic violence and trafficking

MANILA

Young people in Olongapo and Angeles City are tapping their creative talents to combat serious issues that have plagued their communities: domestic violence and trafficking.

APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill

MONTEVIDEO 30 May 2011 (APC for APCNews)


The proposed bill criminalises a number of online activities, granting Japanese authorities extremely broad powers to monitor and investigate their citizens. It also requires network providers to record and hold communications data on all users so it can be used by law enforcement agencies.

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APC breaks down the issues behind the Pakistan social media ban for Radio France International

CALGARY 26 May 2011 (LC for APCNews)

On May 13 2011, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ruled that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be banned in the country. Curious to understand more about this ruling, Clea Caulcutt of Radio France International’s Web Watch programme speaks to Grady Johnson of APC’s Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign to get a better understanding of what is at stake. Listen to the interview

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eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators

The eG8 Forum came to a close yesterday as prominent web leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the internet.

Pakistan faces ban on social media

RFI, Paris, France
Pakistan faces ban on social media
24 May 2011

The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court has ruled in favour of a petition to ban several
social networking websites including Facebook Yahoo, MSN and Wikipedia. The ruling released on 13 May 13 found that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and should be banned. Clea Caulcutt of RFI interviews APC’s Grady Johnson to find out more.

Youths Turn to Community Theater and Digital Story Telling to Address Domestic Violence and Trafficking

Manila, Philippines

Young people in Olongapo and Angeles City, Philippines are tapping their creative talents to combat serious issues that have plagued their communities: domestic violence and trafficking.

BREAKING NEWS: Social networking sites face ban in Pakistan

MONTEVIDEO 19 May 2011 (APC)

A new ruling by the Lahore High Court may result in a total ban of social media in Pakistan reports APC. Critics condemn the ban as unnecessary, unjust and ultimately counterproductive.

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Anti-Facebook lawyer in violation of Pakistan's irony laws

Muhammad Azhar Siddique, the lawyer behind the most recent push to ban social networking sites in Pakistan, told reporters that he spends up to 14 hours a day logged onto Facebook.

2nd Asia Pacific Regional IGF (APrIGF) 2011

Dhaka

Internet is everywhere a part of our lives, its importance most vividly captured in the recent news in the Middle East for political change, and in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. This importance has been noticed by governments, business and civil society groups.

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