Security and privacy

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

Suggestions for right to privacy-related questions to be included in the list of issues on South Africa, Human Rights Committee, 114th session, June-July 2015 Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides for the right of every person to be protected against arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence as well as against unlawful attacks on his honour or reputation. Any interference with the right to privacy can only be ...

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 while continuing on their striving for positive change. Commonly referred to as “organizational ...

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

We encourage you to support the safety and security of users, companies, and governments by strengthening the integrity of communications and systems. In doing so, 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...

Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again"
Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan: "We need to make hyperlinks valuable again" 14 December 2015 Leila Nachawati Rego

"The rich, diverse, free web that I loved  –  and spent years in an Iranian jail for –  is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?” Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan wrote shortly after he was released from Evin prison in northern Tehran. Credited with introducing the blogging culture to Iran, Derakhshan spent six years isolated from the web he had contributed to building. When ...

APC's Written Submission on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
APC's Written Submission on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 02 December 2015 APC

Written Submission by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. Draft for public comment 1. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), established in 1990, is an international network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protec...

Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill
Alex Comninos' Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill 02 December 2015 Alex Comminos

Preliminary Comments on the South Africa Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill (Draft for Public Comment) Submitted independently by Alex Comninos (MsocSci International Relations – University of Cape Town), Independent Researcher and Doctoral Candidate Justus Liebig University Giessen. I am a South African citizen and information and communication technologies researcher. I have published and s...

South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights
South Africa Cybercrimes Bill will be impossible to implement without violating rights 02 December 2015 APC

Source: Tactical Tech on Flickr Cyber security is essential for the exercise of both online and offline rights, as it is key to privacy and the protection of personal data. At APC we understand the need for a cyber crime and cyber security bill to make South Africa a safer place online. However, we suggest, along with many experts from different backgrounds, that the Bill be rejected in its cur...

WSIS+10 Review: Consequences for human rights and cybersecurity issues
WSIS+10 Review: Consequences for human rights and cybersecurity issues 30 November 2015 Deborah Brown

This blog post was originally published on FreedomOnlineCoalition.com. In the ninth installment of the FOC Working Group 1 (WG1) blog series, guest author Deborah Brown from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) reflects on the ongoing negotiations at the UN General Assembly to decide on the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The blog explains the his...

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form
Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form 30 November 2015

Joint statement calling on the National Assembly of Pakistan to vote against the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in its current form Article 19, Digital Rights Foundation, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, the Association for Progressive Communications and other organisations remain seriously concerned by the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan. Regrettably, ...

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