On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians’ rights to privacy.
The proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill poses serious threats to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan. To challenge it, a Charter of Demands has been developed by Bytes for All Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy, and supporting organisations, APC among them.
Among over 4,800 submissions, APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with the prestigious award The Bobs in the People’s Choice for English category.
Statement: "We remain strongly committed to the goal of a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society"
As civil society organisations committed to the goal of a “people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”, APC, the International Federation of Library Associations and the Internet Democracy Project have released a statement to highlight this central goal of the World Summit on the Information Society.
On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallies.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its Pakistani member Bytes for All, strongly condemns the killing of Sabeen Mahmud. The groups also call on the government of Pakistan to ensure the protection of human rights defenders and bring perpetrators of the brutal murder of Sabeen Mahmud to justice.
During May 2015, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), led by UNESCO, will promote awareness on issues related to women and the media as part of the Beijing+20 Review/Campaign. APC is a member of GAMAG’s Steering Committee and coordinator of its Advocacy Committee, so it is fully involved in this campaign. Join us!
Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. This GenderIT.org edition analyses what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and brings forward ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.
The latest amendments to the Sedition Act pose increasing threats to freedom of expression in Malaysia, both offline and online
APC, along with other organisations, has signed a joint letter of concern on the declining standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia.
APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency are pleased to announce the call for applications for the third African School on Internet Governance.
Global Commission on Internet Governance: "Confidence must be restored in the Internet, because trust is eroding"
Confidence must be restored in the internet in order for it to remain a global engine of social and economic progress that reflects the world’s cultural diversity, states the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.
The fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS2015) will take place in The Hague from 16-17 April 2015. APC developed this FAQ as a resource for civil society to provide context on the event, and to address some of the key issues and how we can work together on issues of cyber security policy at GCCS and beyond.
The latest Global Information Society Watch report is devoted to the analysis of communications surveillance in 57 countries. Authors from Mexico and South Africa raised local issues related to surveillance at report launch events.
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.
Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament.
APC, together with Privacy International, Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed a checklist with qualifications we believe that candidates for the new position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy should possess.
From the Marco Civil in Brazil to NETmundial and Web We Want, numerous initiatives have emerged to respond to threats to freedom of expression, privacy, access and other basic rights on the internet. To support local initiatives, APC has launched the Local Actions to Secure Internet Rights project.
As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.
After sustained pressure from civil society organisations, and under the leadership of the governments of Brazil and Germany, the UN Human Rights Council established a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, on 26 March 2015.