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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 Rights Council will receive its first ever official report on freedom of expression online – an...

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

New manual teaches how to bypass censorship over the internet
New manual teaches how to bypass censorship over the internet 26 May 2011 David Lightman

Governments surveillance and filtration on the internet is increasing. The free-flow of information and the possibilities brought on by new information and communication technologies have become threats to the authoritarian regimes of the world. In these countries, internet users must learn to bypass the control mechanisms that have been implemented by their governments. In response to this n...

eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators
eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators 26 May 2011 grady

The eG8 Forum came to a close yesterday as prominent web leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the internet. Among the participants was Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt, and Mark Zuckerberg of White Plains, New York. The idea behind the forum was to foster communication between lawmakers and industry leaders, in the hopes that this will lead to more c...

UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground
UN Special Rapporteur breaks new ground 25 May 2011 grady

Frank La Rue — the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression — is presenting his annual report at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva. The report, available here, breaks ground in a number of important areas. It makes clear that States are obliged to allow their citizens access to the internet and that denial of such access due to intellectual property law...

APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video
APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video 19 May 2011 APC

As part of APC’s Connect your rights! campaign, with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session in Geneva on 3 June, 13:00 to 15:00, room XXV, Palais des Nations. Watch the recording of the event Activists in a demonstration in EgyptIssues addressed include the criminalisation of online expression, the blocking and manipulating of internet cont...

Anti-Facebook lawyer in violation of Pakistan's irony laws
Anti-Facebook lawyer in violation of Pakistan's irony laws 19 May 2011 grady

Muhammad Azhar Siddique, the lawyer behind the most recent push to ban social networking sites in Pakistan, told reporters that he spends up to 14 hours a day logged onto Facebook. In his defense the Pakistani lawyer, who succeeded last year in getting Facebook and other sites banned for hosting “blasphemous content”, claims that he uses the site only to “make it mend its wa...

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