Freedom of expression

WikiLeaks: Human rights of whistleblowers under attack, says APC
WikiLeaks: Human rights of whistleblowers under attack, says APC 28 March 2011 APC

If we don’t consider the recent actions —particularly by the US government— against people connected to WikiLeaks as human rights violations, then a dangerous precedent is set says APC in a statement.

Wordpress becomes target of massive DDoS attack
Wordpress becomes target of massive DDoS attack 07 March 2011 grady

Late last week, the popular hosting service Wordpress had been hit by massive and sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks .

7 Billion Voices - a new campaign for freedom of expression online
7 Billion Voices - a new campaign for freedom of expression online 02 March 2011 grady

7 Billion Voices is a new online campaign whose goal is “to give everyone a voice without censorship, interference or fear of what happens after expression.” Its members advocate that the European Union take a leading role with comprehensive and effective strategies for protecting freedom of expression online, and that its leaders inco

LinkedIn temporarily blocked in China
LinkedIn temporarily blocked in China 28 February 2011 Grady

On February 24th, LinkedIn – the popular business social networking site – was unexpectedly unavailable in China. Users suspected the site had fallen victim to China’s strict censorship regime, often called the Great Firewall. Fortunately, LinkedIn’s sudden disappearance appears to have been only temporary, as the site was accessible again late Friday evening.

Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom
Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom 21 February 2011 KB

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported the Ford Foundation is advocating that the internet is not merely a way to help further social change, but is integral to making that change happen.

Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC
Why should we care about internet rights? Because internet rights are human rights, says APC 01 February 2011 APC

The world has witnessed in Egypt and Tunisia that when governments feel threatened not only do they censor individuals but they also try to take away the tools they use to contact and inform each other and organise. APC thinks that internet rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of association, should not be taken from granted, and is working both globally and locally to make them a...

Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity
Egypt: Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity 28 January 2011

“The power of people communicating in solidarity and joint action is a power that even the most over-confident rulers and regimes cannot overcome, not in the long term”, said APC’s executive director Anriette Esterhuysen. “What is happening in Egypt and Tunisia is a demonstration of people’s outrage and courage in the face of long term repression – now played out on and supported by...

GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia”
GISWatcher reports from “the free Tunisia” 21 January 2011 Khaled Koubaa

“For those who don't know Tunisia,” writes Khaled Koubaa, Global Information Society Watcher based in Tunis. “Tunisia is a small country but a great nation. It was the first Arab country to abolish slavery in 1848, the first Arab country to establish a constitution in 1861, the first Arab country to abolish polygamy in 1956 and legalise abortion in 1973. And now Tunisia is the first Arab ...

Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary
Blackout against internet censorship in Hungary 05 January 2011 Robert Fidrich

On 1 January 2011, a new law came into effect, which now enables the ruling party to gain control of the internet through the creation of a powerful censorship authority. To show our concern for fundamental rights and free speech we will black out our online presence on the 5 January 2011 for 24 hours. We ask that everyone concerned about fundamental rights and free speech to black out its onli...

APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet
APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet 17 December 2010 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is concerned about potential Venezuelan legislative reform that would delegate legislative powers to the President without clearly setting any limits. This will affect the power balance that is necessary in a functioning democracy as a guarantee for the validity, respect and exercise of human rights, including freedom of expression. APC al...

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