Freedom of expression

Unwanted Witness
Unwanted Witness 23 May 2019

Unwanted Witness was established in 2012 by a group of netizens, bloggers, activists, writers and human rights defenders as an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit civil society organisation. It seeks to create secure uncensored online platforms for activists, netizens, bloggers, freelance journalists and writers to promote human rights through writing, informing and educating the citizenry, as well as utilising the platform for strengthening free expression and demanding accountabili...

Open letter to the European Commission on Article 17 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
Open letter to the European Commission on Article 17 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market 17 May 2019 Various

Dear President Juncker, Dear First Vice-President Timmermans, Dear Vice-President Ansip, Dear Commissioner Gabriel, Dear Director General Roberto Viola, The undersigned stakeholders represent fundamental rights organisations, the knowledge community (in particular libraries), free and open source software developers, and communities from across the European Union. The new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market has been adopted and, as soon as it is published in the Official Journ...

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, parti...

APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online
APC at the Stockholm Internet Forum 2019: Defending human rights in the context of shrinking democratic spaces online 14 May 2019 APCNews

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), organised by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is taking place between 16 and 17 May in Stockholm, preceded by the activities happening at the Pre-SIF on 15 May. The Forum aims to provide a space to explore the most recent threats against democracy online and the responses needed to mobilise openness in the context of shrinking d...

What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019
What is the role of media in elections and democracy? Join us in celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019 30 April 2019 APCNews

To commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019, the main celebration is taking place in Addis Ababa from 1 to 3 May 2019. The event, whose primary focus this year is the relationship between the press and democracy, provides a platform for different actors to participate in an exchange on current issues, threats and achievements concerning freedom of the press.  More ...

Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online
Contest: The power of images to challenge religion-based hate speech online 16 April 2019

If you are a designer, an artist, an illustrator or passionate about freedom of expression, internet rights and the power of tech, we invite you to take part in this contest! What is the contest about? APC invites artists, cartoonists, illustrators, designers, doodle enthusiasts and anyone passionate about human rights online, in particular social movements, freedom of religion, freedom of expr...

Assange and Bini's arrests, a serious threat to freedom of expression worldwide
Assange and Bini's arrests, a serious threat to freedom of expression worldwide 12 April 2019 APCNews

On 11 April, Julian Assange, founder and director of WikiLeaks, was arrested by the British police at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has been for the past seven years. He was dragged out of the embassy right after his asylum was revoked, white-bearded and handcuffed, and forced into a police van, in images that have gone around the world. A few hours later, privacy and ope...

What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival
What is the impact of media concentration and monopolies on diversity online? Conversation at the Internet Freedom Festival 04 April 2019 APCNews

The internet was developed with the promise of democratising access to knowledge and enabling the exercise of freedom of expression. However, the emergence of corporations with enormous market power has affected freedom of expression and diversity. To discuss the implications of these trends, the Electronic Frontier Froundation (EFF), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and APC...

Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival
Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

What are the impacts of internet protocols on society? How do protocols affect discriminated groups? Can human rights and feminism be embedded in protocol designs? Participants at the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia, Spain, joined Alexandra Haché from Tactical Tech, Jac sm Kee from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Mallory Knodel from ARTICLE 19 and other...

APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019
APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2019 01 April 2019 APCNews

The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) held in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis has become one of the main events for civil society on internet rights with a special focus on surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. The 2019 Internet Freedom Festival marks an important milestone, as it will be celebrating its fifth anniversary, with occasions for celebration and reflection.  The...

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