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Disco-tech: Bringing the “disco” and the “tech” to the IGF
Disco-tech: Bringing the “disco” and the “tech” to the IGF 27 September 2017

Disco-techs are informal peer-learning events designed to bridge the gap between technical and political solutions to attacks on internet rights and freedoms. The topics of this event change annually, but we always call it a “Disco-tech” because the format of the event is very unique: we are connecting policy to tech in a social atmosphere.

William J. Drake
William J. Drake 09 November 2015

International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich, faculty member of the European and South schools on Internet governance, and Affiliated Researcher at the Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University.  He has been heavily involved in various capacities in the ICANN, IGF, and other international institutions and related civil society coalitions. Read his bio here and his publications here.

Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society"
Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society" 06 May 2015 APC

As civil society organisations committed to the goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, APC, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project have released a statement to highlight this central goal of the World Summit on the Information Society.

Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights
Human Right Council 26: The internet and human rights 19 June 2014

“One year after the Snowden revelations, the Human Rights Council must recognise that trust in the internet is conditional on respect for the rights to freedom of expression and privacy, regardless of users’ nationality or location”, says a joint statement supported by APC and delivered today in Geneva.

NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia
NGOs disappointed by weak promises on human rights in Malaysia 20 March 2014

The UN Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today. “It is disappointing that while Malaysia received the most recommendations regarding the abolition of the death penalty, all such recommendations were rejected,” said a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in a statement supported by APC.

Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights
Civil society statement to the Human Rights Council: Impact of PRISM/NSA surveillance on human rights 21 June 2013

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE _Civil society organisations drafted a declaration on the recent revelations about the surveillance of citizens’ online activity by the government of the United States.

APC at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013
APC at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013 13 May 2013 AL

The ICT for development community is gathering in Geneva from 13-17 May 2013 to discuss the implementation of WSIS documents and principles. Read more about APC’s participation in the Geneva meetings.

2013 WSIS Forum: Events on gender equality and women’s empowerment
2013 WSIS Forum: Events on gender equality and women’s empowerment 13 May 2013 AL

If you are planning to attend the World Summit on the Information Society Forum taking place from May 13-17 in Geneva, either in person or remotely, here you can find a compilation of all the events focusing on women’s rights.    

One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day
One line that makes an internet freedom fighter's day 18 October 2012 FD

It’s short, but it matters. In no more words than a Twitter message, Brazil made many internet rights activists happy in September. It’s worth revisiting this message and putting in context.

UN Human Rights Council holds first-ever discussion on Women Human Rights Defenders
UN Human Rights Council holds first-ever discussion on Women Human Rights Defenders 28 June 2012

The 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council convened a 3-hour panel on 26 June on Women Human Rights Defenders as part of its annual full-day discussion on women’s human rights.