The official Black Lives Matter website (http://blacklivesmatter.com) has experienced a massive denial of service attack starting this past weekend and continuing at this time. The site remains functional due largely to the protections provided by Deflect, a program made available by eQualit.ie.
APC is happy to announce that we are partnering with The Web We Want to launch an open call for grant proposals. A limited number of grants will be offered to projects that support local campaign efforts to promote a free and open Web.
On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians’ rights to privacy.
On 14 April, we presented GISWatch 2014 – Communications surveillance in the digital age in the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico. This was possible thanks to the organisations SonTusDatos and APC.
Just last month, the APC network was joined by a new organisation, eQualit.ie. Based in Montreal, the six-person team develops free/libre and open source software that focuses on privacy, online security and information management. Our network coordinator, Karel Novotný interviewed eQualit.ie’s founder and director Dmitri Vitaliev about their expertise in security and interest in partnering with other APC members.
Association for Progressive Communications (APC) members reflect on the highlights of their work and how membership has supported them.
The 16th annual Allied Media Conference calls for session proposals until 1 March 2014. APC and partners are curating a programme track on digital security and surveillance for organisers and activists.
APC has joined other 150 organisations in their appeal to US President Obama to drop charges against whistleblower Edward Snowden, update the Whistleblower Protection Act and pass a media shield law.