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Alaa Abd El-Fatah  released
Alaa Abd El-Fatah released 23 June 2006 APC

Alaa has finally be released after 45 days in prison. We heard the good news from Manal earlier this week. Here is a news report from the The Independent published on 21 June 2006. Alaa has finally be released after 45 days in prison. We heard the good news from Manal earlier this week. Here is a news report from the The Independent published on 21 June 2006. The Independent (co.uk) Egypt releases blogger jailed for 45 days after ‘insulting’ President By Jeff Black in Cairo...

Depressing birthday, national budget and Sales Tax on Computers
Depressing birthday, national budget and Sales Tax on Computers 19 June 2006 APC

Supposedly the birthday should be a bright day, with pleasant weather, gifts, lots of flowers, hundreds of birthday wishes via SMS and emails, sumptuous ice cream cake, dinner party with friends etc. However, this wasn’t the case on my birthday this year. Supposedly the birthday should be a bright day, with pleasant weather, gifts, lots of flowers, hundreds of birthday wishes via SMS and emails, sumptuous ice cream cake, dinner party with friends etc. However, this wasn’t the case on my b...

Human rights, Cuba and the internet
Human rights, Cuba and the internet 13 June 2006 APC

Says Amnesty International: "Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas has been staging a hunger strike since 31 January 2006 to obtain access to internet for all Cubans. Internet remains under governmental control, accessible only through official organizations or at hotels from where Cuban nationals are normally barred". A report on the human’s right situation in Cuba by Amnesty Internation...

STATEMENT: APC condemns imprisonment of pro-democracy bloggers by Egyptian authorities
STATEMENT: APC condemns imprisonment of pro-democracy bloggers by Egyptian authorities 02 June 2006 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) condemns the unjust detention of free speech bloggers and journalists in Egypt. Alaa Seif Al-Islam, a seasoned blogger and APC colleague, is one of four Egyptian online diarists being held in detention for criticising the current regime since May 7. In addition, APC has heard disturbing reports about violent actions taken by state securit...

Pakistan - Annual State of Media Report 2005-06
Pakistan - Annual State of Media Report 2005-06 30 May 2006 APC

Internews Pakistan (http://www.internews.org.pk) compiles an annual State of the Media in Pakistan report. The one for the year 2005-06 has recently been launched. Welcoming the report, Hasan Rizvi, one of the pioneers in ICTs and development communications guru in the country commented that "The report is somewhat sketchy, especially in terms of media’s coverage/access (geographic, de...

Alaa still in prison
Alaa still in prison 29 May 2006 APC

Alaa is fine, treatment is fine in prison..the problem is in the state security.. they can interfere with any other authorities. Alaa is fine, treatment is fine in prison..the problem is in the state security.. they can interfere with any other authorities. We were starting to be optimistic after the state security prosecutor ordered the release of 8 last saturday and then a release of anothe...

South Korea, where IPR fights A2K
South Korea, where IPR fights A2K 18 May 2006 APC

South Korea is seeing some conflicts between IPR and access to knowledge (or, A2K). Over-protection of IPR may hamper access to knowledge. It is unfair to use the copyright law to prevent the public use of digital libraries. South Korea is seeing some conflicts between IPR and access to knowledge (or, A2K). Over-protection of IPR may hamper access to knowledge. There’s a dilemma here: Ko...

Protest imprisonment of 100+ Egyptian free speech activists!
Protest imprisonment of 100+ Egyptian free speech activists! 09 May 2006 APC

“Pro-democracy demonstrators have been locked up and reformist judges face dismissal for criticising the Egyptian regime over its grip on power,” writes The Guardian on May 8. Sign the petitions for the immediate release of Alaa and the rest of the group that was kidnapped yesterday – and who’ll be detained for 15 days – on this blog. "Pro-democracy demonstrators...

Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations?
Software Piracy Crackdown or ICT Human Rights Violations? 26 April 2006 APC

Where the Government in Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Investigation Authorities and the Business Software Alliance BSA are initiating a crackdown on Software Piracy in Pakistan, there is hardly any awareness of piracy and its implications within society apart from members of the IT Industry. It is crucial to the basic Human Rights of the citizens of Pakistan that they fi...

Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft)
Pakistan: Electronic Data Protection Act 2005 (Final Draft) 24 April 2006 APC

Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), a government entity has drafted “Electronic Data Protection Act 2005” by outsourcing the work to an individual Mr. Aslam Hayat Khan. As per PSEB, the proposed Act aims to prevent unauthorized access and theft of electronic data and to ensure intellectual property rights with regards to the processing of electronic data in Pakistan. Pakistan Software Ex...

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