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US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet'
US leads the charge in building 'shadow internet' 15 June 2011 grady

The US State Department has been practically throwing money at activists and entrepreneurs in an effort to build independent internet networks for citizens of repressive regimes. This comes as part of a wider US effort to help internet users, particularly human rights activists, evade government censorship and surveillance. Oh America, I’ve misjudged you. Don’t think I haven’t forgotten about the whole Wikileaks thing. But this is pretty cool, guys. The concept is simple...

Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man
Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man 13 June 2011 grady

So it turns out Gay Girl in Damascus, the “woman” who stole our hearts with tales of her repression in Syria, is really a man. Why does this keep happening to me?! This raises important questions: First, no, HE is not gay — otherwise I would totally have a shot. Second, while his critics accuse him of “liberal orientalism”, the unfortunate reality is that there are many individuals living in repressive regimes that are unable or afraid to speak out on these iss...

For the Lulz!
For the Lulz! 10 June 2011 grady

I’ve been a Twitter follower (aka ‘cyber-groupie’) of LulzSec for a little over a week and I can’t decide whether I’m amused, scared, or just plain aroused. LulzSec – which is Latin for “porkchop sandwiches” – is a morally ambiguous hacker group which has committed several high profile attacks purely for their own amusement, or “lu...

Spanish Radio Academy to propose to the UNESCO the founding of a "World Radio Day" within the International Days UN calendar.
Spanish Radio Academy to propose to the UNESCO the founding of a "World Radio Day" within the International Days UN calendar. 07 June 2011 AHM Bazlur Rahman- S21BR

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), since its inception, has been advocating with the government and with other organizations for the promotion of Community Radio to address critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic process in decision making and ongoing development e...

The great firewall of China - internet censorhip in China
The great firewall of China - internet censorhip in China 07 June 2011 APC

The Great Firewall is the unofficial name of the system censoring the internet in China. It’s famous for blocking access to some of the world’s most widely used websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. The full extent of the censorship is much larger, constantly changing and not fully known. To bring transparency to this censorship, we launched GreatFirewall.biz in February 2011. We offer a ...

APC successfully hosts event on freedom of expression -- sandwiches were delicious.
APC successfully hosts event on freedom of expression -- sandwiches were delicious. 03 June 2011 grady

To the best of my knowledge there were no casualties. Today APC hosted its event at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session. The event, which focused on freedom of expression on the internet, featured speakers from across the world — including special guest Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression. Yeah, we got Frank. Among the participants were delegates ...

Egypt: Court fines Mubarak and Vodafone for communications blackouts
Egypt: Court fines Mubarak and Vodafone for communications blackouts 02 June 2011 APC

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Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva
Last week the G8, this week the UN: APC helps Access Now campaign in Geneva 02 June 2011

Major international decisions are being made about the internet in the coming weeks – decisions that could affect the internet as we know it forever. Last week, tens of thousands of you successfully petitioned the G8 to keep its hands off our internet after a stunning press conference right in the middle of the event in Paris. This week we need to step up again! The United Nations Human R...

APC's Joy Liddicoat wins the HRC talent competition
APC's Joy Liddicoat wins the HRC talent competition 30 May 2011 grady

APC’s own Joy Liddicoat, project leader of the Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights campaign, moved the judges in Geneva earlier today with her spoken word performance. Joy clinched the top spot in the competition with a stunning rendition of the classic poem by Robert Frost: APC’s Oral Statement to the Human Rights Council

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