Freedom of expression

New deadline for subissions to “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) contest
New deadline for subissions to “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) contest 22 July 2010 Ken Lohento

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, PAFPNET, has recently launched an essay writing contest on “Youth and ICTs in Agriculture and Rural Development”. The deadline to apply is extended to 15 August 2010.

The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan
The Shameful Saga of the Internet Ban in Pakistan 21 July 2010 Blogger from Pakistani

It was 19th May 2010, when on the orders by Lahore High Court, Government of Pakistan placed a blanket ban on approximately 10,548 websites. From the very outset, we knew that this is NOT the blasphemous content, which is depriving citizens from using Internet and web enabled services.

Confidential Pakistani document reveals plans for stricter control of the internet and freedom of expression
Confidential Pakistani document reveals plans for stricter control of the internet and freedom of expression 23 June 2010 Bytes for All

Since May 20, Pakistan has experienced a wave of strict internet content control with thousands of web pages blocked following a Facebook campaign inviting users to “Draw Muhammad”. The Facebook campaign pushed Pakistani authorities to actively engage in blocking and filtering internet content, leaving Pakistani citizens powerless against the online blanket ban. Further plans by the govern...

Hyper-connected South Koreans face shrinking internet freedom, says UN
Hyper-connected South Koreans face shrinking internet freedom, says UN 28 May 2010 TP

The Republic of Korea has one of the highest percentages of broadband internet connectivity in the world, yet it trails miserably behind on internet freedoms, said a UN Special Rapporteur on a recent visit to the country. APC member Jinbonet reports that “Freedom of expression on the internet in South Korea is facing a serious crisis.” Koreans who criticise the government have to be pre...

Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All
Facebook ban in Pakistan is shocking, says Bytes For All 25 May 2010 Bytes For All

Pakistanis woke up on Thursday 20 May to find sites like Facebook and YouTube blocked after a government crackdown on “blasphemous” websites. “We consider this ban unnecessary, based on wrongful accusations against civil liberties and it will further instigate hatred among international Muslim and non-Muslim communities,” APC member Bytes For All tells APCNews. In an update, we are told...

Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil
Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil 30 April 2010 CLAM and Sex Politics Watch

Proposals to fight cybercrime have been floating around in Brazil for more than a decade but the backers – primarily banks and music companies worried about internet fraud and unauthorised music sharing – couldn’t find public or parliamentary support till they switched their focus to child pornography. Lula has refused to sanction online censorship and the government has opene...

Calling all readers in the USA: Survey on content filtering in public libraries
Calling all readers in the USA: Survey on content filtering in public libraries 19 March 2010 Sex Work Awareness

APC has teamed up with Sex Work Awareness in a study to look at content filtering systems in public libraries with internet access in the United States, with an eye towards reproductive health and sexuality. Find out more and take the survey!    

YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up
YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up 08 February 2010

A video showing President Asif Ali Zardari losing his temper in a public speech was recently censored in Pakistan. Bytes for All and its members vehemently condemn the Government’s block on YouTube and considers it yet another attack on civil liberties and free speech in the country.

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! 28 January 2010

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence each year, the APC WNSP calls for everyone – especially women and grrls – to Take Back the Tech! and reclaim technology for the fight against violence against women – using cell phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more. Initiated in 2006, the campaign creates awareness on how ICTs are conn...

South Korean gov't threatens public media centre MediAct - join the protest
South Korean gov't threatens public media centre MediAct - join the protest 28 January 2010 MediAct

South Korean communication media training and education centre MediAct is in danger of being shut down by the conservative government in Korea. This democratic centre has played a key role in democratising Korea’s media since the end of the dictatorship and has trained thousands of people on media production as well as developing many policy proposals that have changed Korea’s mediasca...

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