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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 program made available by eQualit.ie.

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What is your organisation's DNA? An interview with Paz Peña on strategic communications for advocacy

PERGAMINO 9 July 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

In a changing environment with tremendous competition among messages, how can we ensure that our communications have maximum impact? APCNews talked to Paz Peña, a Chilean journalist and social communicator who has been working on digital rights issues for the past eight years.

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“Take Back the Tech! has always been a celebration of women and tech”

PERGAMINO 5 July 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The Take Back the Tech! (TBTT) campaign, along with Luchadoras and La Sandía Digital from Mexico, recently won the Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. Lulú Barrera and Erika Smith, from Luchadoras and APC respectively, shared with APCNews what is next, and what this recognition means in the context of TBTT’s 10th anniversary.

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UNHRC: Resolution reaffirming human rights online adopted

1 July 2016 (APC for APCNews)

APC welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council (HRC) of resolution reaffirming the importance of promoting and protecting human rights on the internet. The resolution which was adopted by consensus addresses some of the most pressing challenges to human rights online today.

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APC signs letter supporting Internet Steering Committee of Brazil

28 June 2016 (Best Bits)

The multistakeholder Internet Steering Committee of Brazil, CGI.br has a crucial mission in the development of the internet in Brazil. APC supports the stability, security and quality of the work which has been and continues to be carried out and developed by the committee by joining a diversity of organisations and individuals in affirming the centrality of CGI.br to develop activities absolutely vital for the internet of today and tomorrow in the country.

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"The ICT sector should be driving global discussion about respect for human rights in the private sector"

24 June 2016 (APC for APCNews)

In a paper entitled “Business and digital rights: Taking stock of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in the ICT sector”, author David Sullivan analyses the implementation of the Guiding Principles in the ICT sector.

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“The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is just an instrument, but quite an important one"

23 June 2016 (APCNews)

“Being mentioned in the Special Rapporteur’s report means that the African Declaration is increasingly getting recognition from the human rights community.”

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APC condemns brutal state attacks on Oaxacan civil society

CANCUN 21 June 2016 (APC for APCNews)

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 .

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The role of private actors regarding freedom of expression in the digital age: APC welcomes UN Special Rapporteur's report

13 June 2016 (APC for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, which focuses on the critical issue of the role of the ICT sector in the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression. The report will be presented at the Human Rights Council on 16 June.

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Job posting: APC seeks an Africa communications and research officer

13 June 2016 (APC for APCNews)

APC is looking for a dynamic information and communications person to join our team. The objective of the position is to provide research and communications support for APC’s internet policy, governance and rights work in Africa. The deadline for applications is 24 June 2016.

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Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 32nd session

GENEVA 12 June 2016 (Deborah Brown (APC); Deniz Duru Aydin and Peter Micek (Access Now))

The 32nd session of the Human Rights Council is taking place from 13 June to 1 July in Geneva. Internet rights will be discussed coinciding with the tenth anniversary of the Council.

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Three key issues for a feminist internet: Access, agency and movements

6 June 2016 (GenderIT.org)

In this GenderIT.org edition, we have invited partners from our #ImagineaFeministInternet network to dive into the topics of access, agency and movements and weave in some of the conversations that took place at the second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting in July 2015.

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Attacks on social movements increase online, tech support comes to the rescue

4 June 2016 (Kendra Moyer for APCNews)

Activist technology groups eQualit.ie and May First/People Link rally to mitigate DDoS attacks waged against Palestinian rights defenders and women’s and reproductive rights activists.

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AlterMundi, APC's new member in Argentina: "Let's talk about extending the internet infrastructure"

26 May 2016 (Leila Nachawati Rego for APCNews)

AlterMundi is, in the words of its members, “a network of activists, working with people with no knowledge of networks or information technology so that they can construct and maintain their own
communications systems.” In March 2016, they decided to join the APC network.

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Challenges to civil society participation in internet governance in the MENA region

AMMAN 26 May 2016 (Mohammad Tarakiyee)

This paper focuses on regional challenges to civil participation in internet governance and the state of internet rights in the Middle East and North Africa, linking them with civil society advocacy strategies.

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What is the state of digital security and digital rights advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa?

24 May 2016 (APC)

During the “Arab Spring” of 2011, the internet was a space for mobilisation. Despite the increasing sophistication of persecution, the efforts to defend human rights, both online and offline, have not ceased.

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Digital rights advocacy in the Arab world and the Universal Periodic Review

24 May 2016 (APC)

This report explores how local groups in the Maghreb and Machrek regions are engaged in internet-related rights advocacy at the national and regional levels, and how that reflects upon the inclusion of these issues in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

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Point of View, APC's new member in India: “We're kindred spirits – we care about the same things”

PERGAMINO 24 May 2016 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC welcomes Point of View as a formal member of the network. We interviewed Bishakha Datta, the co-founder and executive director of Point of View, to know more about their motivations to become members and their expectations.

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Take Back the Tech! wins the 2016 Womanity Award for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

20 May 2016 (The Womanity Foundation)

Take Back the Tech! campaign and Luchadoras/Sandia Digital (Mexico) won the 2016 Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. The TBTT campaign was selected by an expert panel including Womanity President Yann Borgstedt, Diana Barran, Chief Executive of SafeLives, Ceri Hayes, Director of Gender Matters, Abir Oreibi, CEO of LIFT, and Jane Seager, Counsel at Hogan Lovells LLP.

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

20 May 2016 (APC)

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.

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