Human Rights Council: APC's comment on human rights with regard to the internet and transnational corporations
Whilst an increasing number of countries have ICT development strategies in place, these often focus on expanding access to technology and do not pay adequate consideration to issues around usability, active citizenship, culture and rights.
APC welcomes the recent ruling of an Egyptian court that fined former president Mubarak and two of his aides $90 million for cutting internet and cell phones during the Egyptian revolution.
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.
The eG8 Forum came to a close yesterday as prominent web leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the internet.
Frank La Rue — the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression — is presenting his annual report at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva.
The report, available here, breaks ground in a number of important areas.
APC calls on the Human Rights Council to treat freedom of expression online as a human rights issue.