Asia/Pacific

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

India

*If we accept that nothing is wrong with sexual arousal, what is wrong in reading a text or watching a cartoon, online porn, or using a powder to create sexual arousal?*

This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013.

Facebook blocks human rights website in Pakistan

NEW YORK

Bytes For All, APC member based in Pakistan, has been denouncing for months an agreement between Facebook and its government, whereby the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority suggests which pages pages the social network should make unavailable for users in the country.

APC members from the Asia-Pacific region met face to face

Bangkok

On November 20, nine APC members met to strengthen the APC network in the region.

The meeting was held just before the Regional Consultation on Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties held on 21-23 November with UN Special Rapporteur Frank LaRue.

Internet freedom monitoring in New Zealand

By Joy Liddicoat (November 2013, APC )

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

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Some unfortunate aspects of social media in Pakistan

Pakistan

With increased internet penetration in Pakistan, the youth of the country has taken enthusiastically to connecting and socializing via social media networks. It has allowed expression and surfacing of youth voices like never before. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Thumblr, Blogsphere etc.

Urgent appeal against Japan's secret-protection legislation

TOKYO 2 December 2013 (JCAFE and JCA-NET)

APC members Japan Computer Access for Empowerment (JCAFE) and Japan Computer Access Network (JCA-NET) are calling the international community to campaign against the State Secret Protection Bill, which is being promoted by Japan’s ruling party and hopes to pass this week, 6 December.

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Social Media: Ethics and Etiquette

28 November 2013 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

APC member Bytes for All has released “Social Media Ethics and Etiquette,” a booklet (v1.0) as a part of the 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign. Its a compilation of best practices for social media ethics and etiquette, though rather than an authority on online behaviour, it provides guiding principles. Click to download the PDF.

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Monitoring internet freedom in New Zealand

WELLINGTON 25 November 2013 (Joy Liddicoat for APCNews)

New Zealanders are generally free to express themselves online, while at the same there is a high degree of soft self-censorship. These are some of the findings of a new report produced by APC and funded by InternetNZ.

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Digital Empowerment Foundation honoured at ITU Forum for "Wireless for Communities" project

20 November 2013 (APCNews)

On 19 November, 2013, the Digital Empowerment Foundation was honoured for the Wireless for Communities project at the 2013 ITU Telcom World Forum.

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Snippets from Connect Your Rights, Mumbai

India

Point of View held “Connect Your Rights!”, an all-day meeting exploring the links between gender rights, sexual rights, and Internet rights, on November 11, 2013 at Mumbai. It was the first meeting in the second phase of the EroTICs India project.

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