Security and privacy

Submission from Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Lebanon
Submission from Social Media Exchange and the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of its review of Lebanon 21 April 2017

This submission highlights areas of concern that Social Media Exchange (SMEX) and APC hope will inform the Human Rights Committee’s consideration of the Lebanese government’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning Article 17, on the right to privacy.

French "right to be forgotten" ruling could be devastating for freedom of expression globally
French "right to be forgotten" ruling could be devastating for freedom of expression globally 19 April 2017

APC joined 17 NGOs from across the globe in a legal submission before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.

Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field
Pakistan: Religious intolerance and impunity nurture killing field 19 April 2017

Bytes for All, Pakistan, APC and FORUM-ASIA strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy, another case in which the state completely failed in providing protection to its citizens.

18 NGOs file an intervention before France’s highest court on dangers of the "right to be forgotten"
18 NGOs file an intervention before France’s highest court on dangers of the "right to be forgotten" 19 April 2017

Eighteen expert non-governmental organisations from across the world have filed legal submissions before France’s highest court, raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority on the “right to be forgotten”.

Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza
Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza 17 March 2017

Helen Nyinakiiza, a digital security trainer for human rights defenders and consultant for Amnesty’s Panic Button project, recently joined the APC network as an individual member.

HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children
HRC 34: Oral statement delivered by APC during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children 08 March 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the opportunity to participate in this interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival
Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival 08 March 2017 Leila Nachawati Rego

The Internet Freedom Festival, which takes place in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis, has become one of the main events for civil society to gather around issues of surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide.

Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders
Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders 17 February 2017 Various

These practices persist in violation of the United States’ human rights treaty obligations, and action is needed to hold the US government accountable for the protection of human rights at US borders, which are not zones of exclusion or exception.

Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders
Joint letter to the UN on social media and device collection at US borders 16 February 2017 Various

In a joint letter sent to UN high authorities, a group of organisations urged them to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts.

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017 APC

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network.