Freedom of expression

The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism?
The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism? 26 September 2016 Deborah Brown and Rafik Dammak

Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council (HRC), one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism. Aside from being one of the most significant challenges to the enjoyment of human rights, peace, and security today, countering violent extremism (CVE) and protecting human rights defende...

Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017
Suggestions for internet-related human rights questions to be included in the list of issues on Pakistan, Human Rights Committee 120th session, June-July 2017 30 August 2016 Association for Progressive Communications, Bytes for All Pakistan, and Media Matters for Democracy

With the increasing use of the internet in various aspects of daily life as well as for the exercise of fundamental freedoms, it is critical that governments fulfil their obligation to promote and protect human rights online. However, in Pakistan, many of the restrictions imposed on rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, the right to privacy, as well as other rights, are being ex...

I delete myself: Anonymity and sexuality online
I delete myself: Anonymity and sexuality online 24 August 2016 Smita

Cyberspace has given the queer woman a chance to problematise the existing gender and sexual identities which, like any identity, are not static. It allows her to create and occupy spaces which will give her freedom and power in a way that the misogynistic physical world cannot provide. The very act of creating a profile online portraying your real self is an act of defiance against the existin...

In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC
In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through: Joint statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and APC 12 August 2016 Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications

Pakistan’s new and controversial cyber crime bill is poised to become a law after the National Assembly passed it today. The bill now has the approval of both the upper and lower house of the Parliament and requires only the presidential signature before formally being enacted as a law. Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Pakistan and the Association for Progressive Communications (AP...

Interview with Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, at World Forum on Free Media
Interview with Anja Kovacs, Internet Democracy Project, at World Forum on Free Media 10 August 2016 Greg Macdougall of EquitableEducation.ca

Topics include ‘zero rating’ and net neutrality; state surveillance; public dissatisfaction with Facebook and creating alternatives; and how the internet, capitalism, communications and the link to broader struggles for rights, justice and humanity. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi, India, which works for an Internet that supports free speech, democracy and social...

Civil society at OECD event in Mexico rejects repression in Oaxaca
Civil society at OECD event in Mexico rejects repression in Oaxaca 23 June 2016 Various

The OECD ministerial meeting on the digital economy currently taking place in Cancún, Mexico is a forum on public policies that shape the global economy. The aims are to promote innovation, growth and social prosperity. However, this important international event occurs in a critical social and political context for the Mexican government. The incidents in Oaxaca must not be overlooked while M...

Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan
Written submission to the Human Rights Councils' 32nd session: State of internet rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan 16 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and EMPOWER

Joint written statement submitted by the Association for Progressive Communications to the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council: State of Internet Rights in India, Malaysia and Pakistan With the increasing use of the internet for the exercise of freedom of expression and exchange of opinion globally, governments must fulfill their obligation to promote and protect human rights online. Howev...

APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age
APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report on the role of private actors in protecting and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age 10 June 2016 Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which focuses on the critical issue of the role of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. Kaye’s report, whi...

Attacks on social movements increase online, tech support comes to the rescue
Attacks on social movements increase online, tech support comes to the rescue 04 June 2016 Kendra Moyer

In August 2015, a series of DDoS attacks that lasted for weeks targeted reproductive rights organisations in the United States. Websites including those of the National Network of Abortion Funds were inaccessible for mere hours due to the diligence and outspoken support of May First/People Link (MFPL), an internet service provider (ISP) for the progressive left in the US and Mexico. The attacks...

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