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Access Now defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, it fights for open and secure communications for all. Access Now is a supporter of APC's African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG).

Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms
Over 100 civil society organisations call on Facebook to implement end-to-end encryption across its platforms 07 October 2019 APCNews

Last week it was revealed that the governments of the US, UK and Australia are pressuring Facebook to "not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens." APC joined over a hundred civil society organisations, including over 20 members, in supporting an open letter to Facebook encouraging th...

Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans
Open Letter: Facebook’s End-to-End Encryption Plans 07 October 2019 Various

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, The organizations below write today to encourage you, in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services. We have seen requests from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments asking you to suspend these plans “until [Facebook] can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety”. We believe they have this entirely backwards: each day that platforms do not support strong end-to-end ...

New global cybersecurity process begins: APC presents statement at UN Open Ended Working Group
New global cybersecurity process begins: APC presents statement at UN Open Ended Working Group 20 September 2019 APCNews

From 9 to 13 September 2019, the United Nations Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security held its first substantive session in New York. The OEWG has a broad mandate, covering existing and potential threats in cyberspace; the applicability of international law; rules, norms and principles for resp...

APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security
APC statement to the First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security 10 September 2019 Various

Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) First Substantive Session of the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security New York, 10 September 2019 Thank you Chair, colleagues, The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes this opportunity to address the Open-end...

Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong
Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Hong Kong 05 September 2019 Various

Re: Threats of internet shutdowns and disruption of online communications in Hong Kong Honorable Chief Executive Carrie Lam; Honorable Members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, We are writing to urgently request that you ensure the stability and openness of the internet in Hong Kong. We have received reports that your government intends to censor, disrupt, and block social media and other ...

Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan
Civil society organisations issue statement denouncing internet shutdowns in Sudan 12 July 2019

Dear MTN Sudan CEO Melik Melamu & MTN Group CEO Rob Shuter: We write to urgently request that you publicly denounce the internet shutdowns in Sudan, and pledge your support to maintain unfettered internet access in the country, especially in moments of conflict or unrest. In line with your past commitments to respect digital rights in the places where you operate, it is crucial that you exe...

APC at RightsCon 2019
APC at RightsCon 2019 06 June 2019 APCNews

APC will be at RightsCon Tunis, the first RightsCon summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, where more than 2,500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of human rights in the digital age. APC will join RightsCon to promote conversations on a range of issues, including...

Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy
Africa in urgent need of a homegrown online rights strategy 15 May 2019 Koliwe Majama

Events in the first quarter of 2019 indicate that Africa urgently needs to agree on a homegrown strategy for the protection and promotion of online rights and freedoms on the continent. During the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF) held in Lagos, Nigeria on 24-25 April 2019, at a session hosted by APC on behalf of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Secretariat, parti...

Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR
Recognising the threat of internet shutdowns: Cameroon at the CESCR 06 May 2019 Mehar Gujral

“The internet was being used to promote racial hatred […] so we were forced to temporarily shut down internet services until we were able to take control of the situation,” stated Minister of External Affairs of Cameroon Lejeune Mbella Mbella to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) during the country’s review at the Committee on 20 and 21 February...

#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria
#KeepitOn: Joint letter on keeping the internet open and secure in Nigeria 18 February 2019 Various

Re: Internet shutdown in upcoming elections in Nigeria Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission CC: Maria Arena, Chief Observer European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria We the #KeepItOn Coalition welcome your statement dated 1 February 2019 reaffirming your commitment to ensure the stability...

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