“Because of the internet, I have been able to help women in Pakistan,” says blogger


As 2015 sees the developing world having stronger access to the internet than the developed nations, it is especially troubling that the gender gap is wider in the developing countries.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF): A victory for freedom of expression


Court Judgment on 66 A: A victory for freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression can be defined in three aspects: Discussion, Advocacy and Incitement.” This historic statement was made today by Justice Nariman, declaring the complete victory of freedom of speech in India.

Storify on RightsCon Southeast Asia: Protecting the open internet and defending the digital rights of its users

RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users.

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Communications surveillance victims in South Korea fight back

SEOUL 20 March 2015 (Jinbonet for APCNews)

Surveillance is one of the greatest challenges for civil society organisations trying to advance human rights on the internet. In South Korea, victims of communications surveillance have adopted an innovative approach to drawing attention to this issue, by launching a counterattack against state surveillance.

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Foundation for Media Alternatives contributes to Philippine alternative report on women, media and ICT for CSW 59

10 March 2015 (Lisa García and Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“Women, media, and information/communication technology” is the title of the report that Filipino civil society organisations put together to be shared at the discussions taking place at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015. Lisa García, from APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, explains how the organisation’s work experience and research fed into this report.

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Online privacy, surveillance and warfare discussed at Pakistan Cyberspace Conference

ISLAMABAD 4 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

“Cyber warfare and cyber security are of immense importance, the government should devise an internet governance policy in Pakistan.” This was one of the conclusions of the Pakistan Cyberspace Conference organised by APC member Bytes for All Pakistan in Islamabad.

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Bytes for All, Pakistan: Proposed media regulations are draconian


State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures

Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack.

On December 24, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information

EMPOWER: Freedom of Expression is not a Threat

Kuala Lumpur

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged by the fine imposed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) against BFM radio station, over an interview with Reza Aslan in 2013.

How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders?

22 December 2014 (APCNews)

How does internet policy affect Maghreb-Machrek human rights defenders (HRDs) in their work? Who are the major players in internet policy and how can Maghreb-Machrek HRDs effectively engage them? These were the questions discussed at the regional seminar on freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to the internet, in Marrakesh, Morocco.

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