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 the Association for Progressive Communications (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 (ICCPR) concerning Article 17, on the right to privacy. The submission examines the shortcomings of Lebanon’s domestic legal framework to protect the right to privacy, and documents state-led ma...

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 non-governmental organisations from across the globe in a legal submission before France’s highest court, the Council of State (Conseil d’État), raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL), on the “right to be forgotten”. CNIL is demanding that when it orders content to be “forgotten” from search results, this decision must be given effe...

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

Islamabad, April 2017 Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (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. The horrific incident is yet another case in which the state ...

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

Today, 18 expert non-governmental organisations from across the world have filed legal submissions before France’s highest court, the Council of State (Conseil d’État), raising serious concerns about a ruling of France’s data protection authority, la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”), on the “right to be forgotten”. In 2014, CNIL ordered...

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

After a series of missed messages and calls, two individuals - neither located in the "global North" - found their way around ticking time zones to finally speak to each other. We had to drop trying to coordinate via UTC (Universal Time Converter which is basically the time in UK) and I had to learn what is EAT - East Africa Time, and Helen Nyinakiiza had to learn about Indian Standar...

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

Oral statement delivered by APC under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children UN Human Rights Council 34th Session 8 March, 2017 Delivered by Deborah Brown Association for Progressive Communications Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the o...

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. Hundreds of activists, journalists and members of the technical community get together to explore trends, challenges and strategies. At this 2017 edition, APC is fully supporti...

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

In a joint letter sent to High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, and UN experts, a group of organisations urged these authorities to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devic...

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 High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, and UN experts, a group of organisations urged these authorities to investigate reports that the United States is demanding that visitors provide access to their electronic devic...

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

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). While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action. APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network. APC...

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