Security and privacy

Statement on the recent attacks on Black Lives Matter's website
Statement on the recent attacks on Black Lives Matter's website 12 July 2016 Black Lives Matter, eQualit.ie and May First/People Link, Design Action Collective

The official Black Lives Matter website (http://blacklivesmatter.com) has experienced a massive denial of service attack starting this past weekend and continuing at this time. The site remains functional due largely to the protections provided by Deflect, a programme made available by eQualit.ie.

APC condemns brutal state attacks on Oaxacan civil society
APC condemns brutal state attacks on Oaxacan civil society 21 June 2016 APC

As a network, APC stands in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, the teachers’ movement, our members in Mexico and our colleagues in Mexican civil society at the OECD Ministerial Meeting. Read also: Civil Society at OECD event in Mexico rejects repression in Oaxaca .    

Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world
Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world 20 May 2016

During 2011, in the period dubbed the “Arab Spring”, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Since then, it has also become a space for oppression of activism and dissent. This research aims to highlight the links between the efforts of digital security trainings in the region with the human rights realities, focusing on two case studies: Morocco and Palestine.    

Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world
Digital safety in context: Perspectives on digital security training and human rights realities in the Arab world 19 May 2016 Reem Almasri

This research aims to highlight the links between the efforts of digital security trainings in the Arab region with the human rights realities, focusing on Morocco and Palestine. It is part of APC’s project Building a culture of online human rights and digital security in the Maghreb-Machrek region.

The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador
The government and the Association of Internet Providers block access to websites in Ecuador 14 April 2016 APC

A leaked document shows that the Ecuadorian government of Rafael Correa in collaboration with the private sector has the technical ability, and the willingness, to block and censor websites throughout the national territory.

Suggestions for right to privacy-related questions to be included in the list of issues on South Africa, Human Rights Committee
Suggestions for right to privacy-related questions to be included in the list of issues on South Africa, Human Rights Committee 06 March 2016 Privacy International, Right2Know and the Association for Progressive Communications

Privacy International, Right2Know and APC have ongoing concerns on the practices of surveillance by South African intelligence and law enforcement agencies. National legislation governing surveillance is inadequate, leaving significant regulatory gaps and providing weak safeguards.

Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee
Submission in advance of the consideration of the periodic report of South Africa, Human Rights Committee 06 March 2016 Privacy International, Right2Know, and the Association for Progressive Communications

In this submission, APC, Privacy International and Right2Know provide the UN Human Rights Committee with additional, up-to-date information to that contained in the briefing submitted to the Committee in advance of the adoption of the list of issues in April 2015.  

Finally, some good news about Organizational Security
Finally, some good news about Organizational Security 23 February 2016 KN / Prague meeting participants

When a group of us “organizational security practitioners”1 gathered in Prague this February, we were cautiously optimistic about what we could achieve. Many security experts and practitioners have been gaining invaluable experience while working to strengthen human right defenders and civil society organisations’ awareness, ability and confidence in thwarting security threats whi...

Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all
Open letter to the leaders of the world’s governments on security for all 12 January 2016 Various

Governments should reject laws, policies, or other mandates or practices, including secret agreements with companies, that limit access to or undermine encryption and other secure communications tools and technologies.

Open Letter to Blackberry regarding Pakistan's push for backdoor access and its new cybercrime bill
Open Letter to Blackberry regarding Pakistan's push for backdoor access and its new cybercrime bill 23 December 2015

Dear Chief Executive John Chen and Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard We applaud your decision to stand up for the right to privacy of users in Pakistan by pledging to leave the market because of government demands for direct access to your servers. As international organizations that advocate for privacy and freedom of expression online, we urge you to continue to respect the privacy of users...