Freedom of expression

Coup d'Etat in Thailand
Coup d'Etat in Thailand 21 September 2006 APC

Television and radio broadcasts were suspended yesterday, and back in full-swing again. Meanwhile, bloggers have quickly responded by setting up community sites to let the news out.

Who gets to speak? 50 million blogs and 6 billion people
Who gets to speak? 50 million blogs and 6 billion people 14 September 2006 APC

On the first day of the Digital Citizen’s Indaba in Grahamstown, South Africa, Ethan Zukerman asked: “50 million people blog out of a global population of 6 billion people – not exactly representative is it?”

Culture or Theft? The Road to Rio
Culture or Theft? The Road to Rio 11 August 2006 APC

Getting to the 2006 iSummit took Andrew Garton to Santiago where he spent two days musing over digital rights management amidst trips to the Brazilian Consulate, Internet cafe’s and "real" coffee shops.

New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp  DRM
New Indian copyright law could help disabled, cripple remixes, clamp DRM 20 July 2006 APC

India is planning to significantly amend its Copyright Act of 1957, to include among other things the concept of Digital Rights Management, a move which could well restrict access to knowledge. Lawyers-with-a-difference are closely monitoring what’s happening on this front.

Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger
Often, it's the simple tools that matter... says Egyptian blogger 25 June 2006 APC

An ant, they say, can infuriate an elephant. That is, if the ant choose the right target, and goes into the elephant’s ear. In the Egyptian world of technology, an 24-year-old engineer is doing the same by giving a voice to protest that’s otherwise stifled in that part of the globe.

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.

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.

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".

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

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 security against several of the bloggers who were released ...

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...

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