Freedom of expression

Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders
Joint statement for the protection of digital rights defenders 17 December 2019 Various

The undersigning civil society organisations express concern over the global trend of persecuting digital rights defenders, including security researchers and trainers who act to protect and promote human rights, and demand protection of their work and their recognition as human rights defenders.

A call to action to defy internet shutdowns and suppression of political opinion online
A call to action to defy internet shutdowns and suppression of political opinion online 05 December 2019 GreenNet

GreenNet, the ethical internet service provider that has been connecting people and groups since 1986, suffered a DDoS attack on 22 and 23 November 2019. Forensic examinations revealed that the attack was targeted at an organisation publishing new research that weekend.

Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one
Why cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one 28 November 2019 Deborah Brown and Anriette Esterhuysen

Efforts to bolster cybersecurity often ignore the human rights dimension, or worse, view human rights as an impediment to cybersecurity. This is a dangerous and misguided assumption. Cybersecurity is a human rights issue, and it is time to start treating it like one.

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief 28 November 2019 APC

APC presents this report on the experience and situation of women and LGBTIQA+ persons and communities in relation to the intersection of religion and online spaces, with particular examples from Asia given the pressing nature of the issues in the region.

APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019
APC at the Internet Governance Forum 2019 16 November 2019

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is mobilising for the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin, Germany, where it will be participating in activities from 25 to 29 November 2019.

Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities
Statement of solidarity against the legal harassment of Malaysian author by local authorities 07 November 2019 Various

We condemn the blatant attacks on Maryam Lee’s constitutional and internationally guaranteed rights, which are also inconsistent with commitments made by Malaysia at the Human Rights Council to repeal laws that restrict fundamental freedoms.

Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?
Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question? 01 November 2019 Dr. Mathias Vermeulen

Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives.

Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media
Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media 30 October 2019 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many have had their content removed from online platforms, experienced harassment, or were interrogated in relation to what they posted on social networks.

Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019
Digital rights in the context of protests and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 29 October 2019 APC, Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP), LaLibre.net Tecnologías Comunitarias, Taller de Comunicación Mujer

This report aims to outline the interruptions and their effects on certain social networks, mobile communications, websites and internet connections in the context of the recent national political crisis and social mobilisation in Ecuador in October 2019 against the austerity measures adopted as part of the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia
Statement of regional solidarity against attacks on digital rights activists in Southeast Asia 24 October 2019

A group of human rights activists and organisations from Southeast Asia are calling to stop the attacks on democracy and media activists, as well as other individuals-at-risk, for their expression online. 

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