Security and privacy

Briefing document: Cybersecurity policy and human rights
Briefing document: Cybersecurity policy and human rights 14 December 2017 Deborah Brown, Anriette Esterhuysen and Mallory Knodel

This briefing document aims to frame discussions at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2017 Day 0 event “A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: A pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet?”. The goal of this event, and therefore this briefing document, is to deepen understanding of the human rights dimensions of cybersecurity policy in 2017. It touches on major developments in the field of cybersecurity that impact on human rights, and maps out key issues for furt...

Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017
Internet landscape of Pakistan 2017 06 December 2017 Umer Ali and Harris Bin Munawar

With the introduction of 3G and 4G technology in the last couple of years, access to the internet has become easier and Pakistan has seen a drastic increase in internet users over the past year. Pakistan currently stands 11th globally in terms of cellular subscribers. As of September 2017, cellular subscribers were around 140.76 million, which according to Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) stood at 70.25%. However, internet dispersion is still low when compared to the world and the Asian ...

Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017
Privacy rights under the lens: Stakeholders' joint submission for Pakistan's review under the third cycle of UPR 2017 26 November 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) Alliance, Association for Progressive Communications, Vision Pakistan, Neengar Society

The right to privacy plays a critical role as an enabling right for the exercise and enjoyment of other rights, as well as for the free development of an individual’s personality and identity. It also protects and enhances an individual’s ability to participate in political, economic, social and cultural life. It is to be noted with concern that any violations or abuses of the right to priv...

Privacy in India in the age of big data
Privacy in India in the age of big data 16 November 2017 Buddhadeb Halder

The objectives of this paper are to define big data in the Indian context, to further improve the understanding of big data, and help initiate public discourse around issues of privacy in the big data age. Expectations remain that this public discourse would potentially pave the way for developing the law in India to enable citizens to gain from big data, while limiting the potential violations...

Electronic data protection in Pakistan
Electronic data protection in Pakistan 15 November 2017 Umer Gilani, Haroon Baloch, Shaheera Jalil Albasit and Furhan Hussain

The increased digital access in human lives has facilitated work and appended additional spaces to the existing ones. Knowledge is no longer inaccessible or confined to books; rather, it has been taken to virtual spaces. Pakistan is relatively a new to this advancement, yet there has been a meticulous debate in progress to regulate these spaces and counter the crimes facilitated by the internet...

Making a feminist internet: Building movements, remembering resistance, hacking security and care
Making a feminist internet: Building movements, remembering resistance, hacking security and care 12 November 2017 GenderIT.org

Over 80 people engaged in wildly different kinds of feminist activism across the world gathered together to discuss what does it mean to build movements around feminist principles, women’s rights, sexuality and related issues in the digital age. From the cataclysmic and profoundly loud speaking out that took place spontaneously across varied contexts with #metoo to understanding, owning and b...

Civil society, can you visualise the power of blockchain?
Civil society, can you visualise the power of blockchain? 09 November 2017 Roxana Bassi

Maybe you have heard about blockchain. You definitely have heard about bitcoin, which is a specific application of blockchain technologies. But the attention given to cryptocoins overshadows the real disruptor that is the technology behind them. Blockchain is about trust, online trust. And it might soon shatter the very foundations of how things are done on the internet. Maybe because it is so ...

Registration open for IGF pre-event on cybersecurity and human rights
Registration open for IGF pre-event on cybersecurity and human rights 01 November 2017

What do we mean by a rights-based approach to cybersecurity? Is a rights-based approach to cybersecurity a pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet? On Sunday 17 December 2017 from 9:00 to 14:00, APC and partners will host a pre-event at the Internet Governance Forum. You can download APC's briefing document on cybersecurity and human rights. If you are inte...

¡Salió el informe anual 2016 de APC!
¡Salió el informe anual 2016 de APC! 30 October 2017 Flavia Fascendini

El Informe Anual 2016 de APC relata asuntos de la vida organizativa y del trabajo del año sobre las seis áreas estratégicas: acceso, derechos, una internet feminista, gobernanza, uso y desarrollo y la comunidad de APC, contados a través de 60 relatos breves, de los cuales 25 son contribuciones de miembros. 2016 fue un año de varios cambios para APC. Cabe destacar esta característica del ...

APC 2016 Annual Report is out!
APC 2016 Annual Report is out! 26 October 2017 Flavia Fascendini

APC's Annual Report for 2016 narrates organisational life matters and the year's work around our six strategic areas: access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and the APC community, told through 60 short stories, 25 of them contributed by our members. 2016 was a year of several changes for APC. It is quite remarkable, this characteristic of change: it is slippery whi...

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