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Sexual rights
Sexual rights 06 April 2015

“On the one hand, the internet activists are not fully aware of sexual rights. On the other hand, those who are working on the issue of sexual rights are not knowledgeable on the issue of internet governance." (Syaldi Sahude, ICT and Rights to Internet Activists, Aliansi laki-laki baru/New Men Alliance) Restricting free expression, free association and the free flow of information on the internet is increasingly a global trend, and its intensity and impact are especially great to activists ...

APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy
APC welcomes decision to appoint Special Rapporteur on Privacy 26 March 2015 APC

After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015. With over 67 governments from all of the world’s regions co-sponsoring the resolution, the establishment of the Special Rapporteur marks a clear consensus that privacy is a pressing global issue that will finally be accorded the international recognition ...

GISWatch report on surveillance launched in ten countries
GISWatch report on surveillance launched in ten countries 07 February 2015 Leila Nachawati

GISWatch country report on Romania launch in Bucharest. Photo: Társadalomtudományi Tanszék Sapientia Emte Csíkszereda.The latest Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report is devoted to the analysis of communications surveillance in 57 countries. After the global launch of the report at the Internet Governance Forum in September 2014, authors and partner organisations throughout the...

Highlights on tech-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico and the Philippines
Highlights on tech-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico and the Philippines 14 November 2014 Flavia Fascendini

APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project has achieved several milestones in the last few years, through the engagement of seven country partners who have explored the dynamics of tech-related violence against women (VAW) in their local contexts, and worked with different stakeholders in the process. 2014 opened up new possibilities and challenges fo...

Activists talk censorship and circumvention at Disco-tech Istanbul
Activists talk censorship and circumvention at Disco-tech Istanbul 22 September 2014 Alexandra Groome

On 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation brought together over 150 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists in Istanbul to attend the ninth Internet Governance Forum to a peer-learning event called Disco-tech. The evening featured talks from ten speakers including Ahmet A. Sabancı of Alternatif Bilişim, Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International, Bishakha Datta of P...

Call for Applications for the second African Internet Governance School 2014
Call for Applications for the second African Internet Governance School 2014 03 September 2014

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme are pleased to announce the call for applications for the second African School on Internet Governance to be held in from 23 – 26 November 2014. The venue of the school will be advised in due course. Internet Governance (IG) is usually defined as the development and app...

Remarks from APC on the  NETmundial  Initiative (NMI) Initial Scoping Meeting held in Geneva on 28 August 2014
Remarks from APC on the NETmundial Initiative (NMI) Initial Scoping Meeting held in Geneva on 28 August 2014 28 August 2014 Anriette Esterhuysen

By the time most members of civil society active in Internet governance heard of the NETmundial Initiative (or Alliance as it as originally termed) it was already a fait accompli. A few carefully selected civil society invitees were given a choice to get on board, or miss their chance to participate in internet governance’s next “great event”. A further few were invited to th...

Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges
Expert Consultation on Freedom of Expression, Internet Access and Human Rights in Africa: Context, Issues and Challenges 01 August 2014

In 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented recommendations for governments in the area of access to internet and freedom of expression. This meeting, convened by the Special Rapporteur in collaboration with APC, will be an opportunity to look at the current situation of access in the Africa reg...

Internet intermediaries: The dilemma of liability in Africa
Internet intermediaries: The dilemma of liability in Africa 19 May 2014 Emilar Vushe Gandhi

Internet access in Africa is growing rapidly, with millions of people from the region getting online, increasing participation in the public sphere, making exciting innovations and creating diverse content. But access barriers and problems remain, not only for upholding human rights online, but also for those wanting to provide internet access and services to people in the region. This include...

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