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Free or "Malayang" software is a human right

Philippines
Free software is a human right. Freedom to run the software. Freedom to study and change the software. Freedom to redistribute. Freedom to redistribute with changes. The four freedoms that define free software have become essential human rights that must never be taken away from anyone except as a punishment for wrongdoing.

Porn. Panic. Ban.

India

I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn.

Late last year, the British government banned a bunch of sex acts online, including female ejaculation.

Women: Strengthening communication on the internet to improve rights

_After four years working as an advocate of sexual and reproductive rights, Lorena M., had already gathered quite an experience for the type of insults that could come across her path in meetings and public events. The tough debate with pro-life organizations and religious fundamentalists was expectable, even when a member of these organizations would pass by her on the street.

The art of smashing things

Amman

Smash Rate, by Carnagenyc on FlickrSmash Rate, by Carnagenyc on FlickrIn the last couple of years, I have found myself getting angry often. Working for social justice means seeing, analysing, and talking about injustice a lot.

RightsCon Southeast Asia: Impacts and next steps

Philippines

Here’s sending out a big thanks to the 650 people who attended RightsCon Southeast Asia from the high caliber participants and speakers, to the stellar programming and advisory committees, to the wide array of “sponsors”:https://rightscon.org/sponsors.

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

Pakistan

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

India

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.

Unlocking sexual rights and the internet

Johannesburg

On 3-5 February, the APC Women’s Rights Programme met with country partners of the Sexual Rights Project to discuss and plan activities for the year ahead. How do we organise and advocate making the links between sexual rights and internet rights?

La Lucha: The story of Lucha Castro and human rights in Mexico

Front Line Defenders announces the release of “La Lucha: The story of Lucha Castro and human rights in Mexico”, published by Verso Books.

La Lucha is the first in a series of nonfiction graphic novels from Front Line Defenders documenting the stories of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

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