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Disco-tech Geneva: Join us for a pre-IGF event on criminalisation of technical expertise
Disco-tech Geneva: Join us for a pre-IGF event on criminalisation of technical expertise 05 December 2017

The crackdown on the use of secure digital communications in many parts of the world is very concerning. Many governments, including those of Australia and the United Kingdom, are threatening to legislate backdoors for law enforcement in encryption standards, which would substantially weaken security for everyone while increasing the likelihood of damaging attacks from bad actors. Recently, Turkey arrested IT consultants for professionally imparting their skills and knowledge around tech...

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 on issues related to 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. The Disco-tech is proactive. Presenters and participants share best practices, visionary ideas and make connections that will ha...

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...

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

United Nations Geneva 2010-07-01. Source: Wikimedia Commons Between 4 and 8 May, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) is discussing the overall review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which is considered a cornerstone of international norms and discourse on internet policy and governance. As WSIS marks its 10th anniversary, the UN General As...

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

The United Nations Human Rights Council officially adopted the outcome report on Malaysia’s second universal periodic review (UPR) today. In total, the Malaysian government accepted 150 recommendations out of the 232 that it received during the review in October 2013. Disappointingly, Malaysia rejected all of the recommendations to accede to the remaining six key human rights conventions. In ...

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 read the following statement to the Human Rights Council earlier this week. We express strong concern over recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communication...

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. These are some of the events where APC will be participating: What: High Level Substantive Session on ICTs and the post2015 Goals When: Thursday May 16, 14:00-15:45 Where: Room C2 of the ITU Tower The High-Level Substantive Session will provide a platform...

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. Tuesday 14 May 9-10:45 Measuring ICT and Gender (Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development) Room H The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development’s session on Me...

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. “Consider freedom of expression concerns when drafting cybercrime legislation.” Yes, and? This phrase was pronounced in May 2012 at the UN. Delegates from a small European country ha...

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