Freedom of expression

APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform
APC joins over 145 organisations to ask EU Council to stop a rushed EU copyright reform 26 April 2018 Copyright for Creativity (C4C) Coalition

APC has joined over 145 organisations to send an open letter on the EU copyright reform to the EU member state ambassadors and deputy ambassadors ahead of the 27 April meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER). At this meeting, the Bulgarian Council presidency wants the EU member states to endorse their latest copyright proposal and give them a mandate to negotiate on the copyright reform wi...

 Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia
Launch and panel discussion “Unshackling Expression”: A discussion on decriminalising expression online in Asia 21 April 2018 APC

Regulations pertaining to online spaces have taken many forms. Information and communication technology (ICT) laws throughout Asia have provisions that seek to censor and criminalise speech online. These regulations pose a significant challenge to people’s freedom of expression and their ability to participate in democratic processes such as elections. Media and journalists along with human rights defenders are finding it increasingly difficult to engage in online spaces with the threat of ...

Internship opportunity at APC on global policy and advocacy
Internship opportunity at APC on global policy and advocacy 11 April 2018

Are you passionate about human rights and social justice? Are you concerned about the impact that technology has on society, democracy and culture? Do you believe that the policy and regulatory decisions made about the internet today will shape the future of the world we live in? The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has an exciting opening for an intern to join its global policy...

#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation
#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation 07 April 2018

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual report on Palestinian digital activism under the title #Palestine 2017. This annual report is being published for the third consecutive year and monitors social media activities of all Palestinians throughout 2017. The research provides statistics and information about Palestinians' internet access and usage, ex...

CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia 03 April 2018 CIVICUS

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders To: Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali  Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative                    ...

Concern over network shutdown in Pakistan
Concern over network shutdown in Pakistan 23 March 2018

"It's a sad day for rights activists: Islamabad High Court allows government to suspend mobile phone services," Pakistan-based rights activist Talal Raza said on 21 March, as Islamabad suffered from a network shutdown. The shutdown coincided with the rehearsal for the Pakistan Day Parade, to be held on 23 March, and has raised serious concerns among human rights de...

Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression 13 March 2018 APC

We welcome this topic because it is current and integral to our work. On the one hand there is a lot of “noise” in the mainstream media about so-called “fake news” and what appears to be a fairly rushed response from platforms consisting of increasing in-house regulation of content. On the other hand, human rights defenders and activists we work with express concern that platforms are r...

See you at the Internet Freedom Festival on 5-9 March in Valencia!
See you at the Internet Freedom Festival on 5-9 March in Valencia! 26 February 2018

Since its beginning as the Circumvention Tech Festival in 2015, the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) has grown into one of the largest, most diverse and inclusive gatherings in the internet freedom community. The IFF is organised around seven themes, focusing on the needs identified by the different communities around the world: On the frontlines, Making better tech, Training and ...

Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India
Kept in the dark: Social and psychological impacts of network shutdowns in India 22 February 2018 Zothan Mawii, Ritu Srivastava, Shivani Lal and Bijo P. Abraham. Reviewed by Anja Kovacs

Internet shutdowns: A study of social impact in India is the second in the series of DEF’s efforts for advocacy against internet shutdowns. The previous research report, Anatomy of virtual curfews: Human rights vs national security, highlights the existing and emerging threats to fundamental rights and human rights on account of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate imposition of Inter...

Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017)
Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017) 10 February 2018 Bruno Zilli and Horacio Sivori

At three different times over the past four years, the EROTICS project: An Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet, by the APC Women’s Rights Programme, sent out a questionnaire to its worldwide network of gender and sexuality activists, advocates, professionals and scholars, to learn about the role of information and communication technologies in their work. The survey was particu...

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