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Freedom of expression in Sudan: Interview with Dalia Haj-Omar
Freedom of expression in Sudan: Interview with Dalia Haj-Omar 14 November 2013 AG

APCNews talked to Dalia Haj-Omar, a Sudanese human rights activist, about the recent internet blackout in Sudan, the implications for freedom of expression and association, and the role of the international community. APC News: On 25 September 2013 Sudan experienced a complete internet shutdown following the outbreak of nationwide anti-government protests. What evidence suggests it could have been caused by the government? Is this the first time the Sudanese government has repressed internet...

Job opportunity: Global Information Society Watch Coordinator
Job opportunity: Global Information Society Watch Coordinator 11 November 2013

Update: The deadline has passed for applications. APC is offering an exciting opportunity working with its Communication and Information Policy Programme (CIPP) as coordinator for Global Information Society Watch. GISWatch, launched in 2007, is a premier platform for civil society perspectives on the state of the Information Society at global, regional and national levels. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is...

Highlights from the 2013 Disco-tech
Highlights from the 2013 Disco-tech 06 November 2013 AG

On 21 October, 2013, the Disco-tech brought together over 100 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists from the eight Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia to raise awareness, share knowledge and stories, and build capacity in relation to issues of privacy, surveillance, and security online. Hosted by APC and Tactical Technology Collective, the evening was kicked off with Ian...

African leaders reaffirm commitment to internet access amid blackout in Sudan
African leaders reaffirm commitment to internet access amid blackout in Sudan 10 October 2013 AG

At the same time that governments, companies and civil society were promoting the benefits of the internet for African development at the African Internet Governance Forum on 24-26 September, Sudan experienced a wholesale internet shutdown. The massive outage was connected to a violent crackdown on protests over fuel subsidy cuts by the Sudanese government. Activists claim President Omar Hassan...

Intermediary liability
Intermediary liability 02 October 2013

  Holding internet intermediaries liable is an increasing global trend that transfers the responsibilities of law enforcement, as well as of copyright enforcement, to internet service providers (ISP), both large and small. Internet intermediaries are therefore increasingly used to police and enforce the law on the internet and even to mete out punishments ranging from content con...

Southern Africa reclaims freedom of expression online
Southern Africa reclaims freedom of expression online 25 September 2013 AG

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) held a regional dialogue and workshop on “Freedom of expression in cyberspace” from 20-21 September 2013 in Johannesburg. It is part of MISA’s two-year project aimed at raising awareness on issues of digital security focusing primarily on right to privacy and surveillance of citizen and mainstream journalists in the region. The event explo...

Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments
Lavabit shuts up shop to avoid ‘big brother’ encroachments 05 September 2013 Phil Mincher

A pervasive new trend is governments forcing internet service providers to be complicit in invasions of their citizens’ privacy. This development has affected some email providers and other internet intermediaries so much that they have opted to shut down operations before “big brother’’ interferences gather more momentum. This is the reason for Texas-based encrypted email service ...

For us, free software is not just about software
For us, free software is not just about software 20 August 2013 AG

The APC network is enthusiastic about its newest member from Kerala, India. SPACE’s membership comes at a critical time when APC has renewed its commitment to implementing and promoting the use of Transformative Technologies. To mark this occasion and to introduce the history and work of SPACE, APCNews interviewed Executive Director Arun Madhavan. APCNews: How did SPACE Kerala get its st...

UPDATE: APC down time over the weekend of 2 to 4 August
UPDATE: APC down time over the weekend of 2 to 4 August 09 August 2013 Anriette Esterhuysen

Since 10 am on Thursday 1 August 2013, connectivity problems at the data centre where APC servers are hosted through our member, GreenNet, affected most of our websites, email and mailing lists. This appears to be caused by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and a loss of routing to GreenNet’s network. Apologies for the inconvenience. 6 August: Email service and broadb...

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