Statements and submissions

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children
Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy and the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children 06 March 2018 APC

Oral statement delivered 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 37th Session, 6 March 2018 Thank you Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the opportunity to engage in this dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. We commend his report's gendered approach to privacy and surveillance and the recognition that ...

On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil
On the attacks of the Temer government against the Internet Steering Committee in Brazil 11 August 2017 Brazil Coalition on Network Rights

At APC, we are concerned at the increasing undermining of democracy and due process in Brazil, in particular through the implication of media conglomerates in the unfolding events. APC believes that the media should serve the public interest, both online and offline, and that the internet is a critical platform for alternative media voices, and in this regard we encourage policy and regulation that support an open internet and media diversity. After the...

CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia
CIVICUS: Joint letter on recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders in Ethiopia 03 April 2018 CIVICUS

In a letter to the Ethiopian Prime Minister-designate, a coalition of over 40 civil society organisations express their concern regarding the recent arrests of journalists and human rights defenders To: Prime Minister-Designate, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali  Cc: Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representative                    ...

Internet Governance Forum: Taking stock of 2017 and suggestions for 2018
Internet Governance Forum: Taking stock of 2017 and suggestions for 2018 22 March 2018 APC

IGF Community Public Consultation: Taking stock of 2017 and suggestions for 2018 - Oral statement from the Association for Progressive Communications My name is Julián Casasbuenas and I am making this input on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications in my capacity as a member of the APC board of directors. APC is an international civil society network with more than 90 me...

World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2018: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all 20 March 2018 APC

World Summit on the Information Society Forum, 2018. Moderated High-Level Policy Session 10: Inclusiveness – access to information and knowledge for all More than 10 years after the realisation of WSIS, open, affordable and free internet access remains a critical challenge. Despite the new possibilities created by innovations in low-cost communications technology, bottom-up locally owned/mana...

IGF Community Public Consultation: Submission by APC on taking stock of the 2017 work programme and 12th IGF and suggestions for the 13th IGF
IGF Community Public Consultation: Submission by APC on taking stock of the 2017 work programme and 12th IGF and suggestions for the 13th IGF 20 March 2018

A. Taking stock of 2017 programming, preparatory process, community intersessional activities and the 12th annual IGF A1. What worked well in 2017? Preparatory processes including venue, timing, logistics, participation and networking ● Geneva and the UN as a venue worked well in many ways, even if there were some downsides which we mention below. In particular it meant that governments could...

Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Content regulation in the digital age: Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression 13 March 2018 APC

We welcome this topic because it is current and integral to our work. On the one hand there is a lot of “noise” in the mainstream media about so-called “fake news” and what appears to be a fairly rushed response from platforms consisting of increasing in-house regulation of content. On the other hand, human rights defenders and activists we work with express concern that platforms are r...

HRC37: Written statement on internet freedoms of Palestinians
HRC37: Written statement on internet freedoms of Palestinians 13 March 2018 7amleh and APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and 7amleh - The Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement submit this statement ahead of the Human Rights Council 37th session to express our grave concern regarding the crackdown on freedom of expression and infringements on privacy online for Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. Re...

States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session
States must provide comprehensive protections for secure communications: Oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council 37th session 09 March 2018 APC, ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: General Debate, UN Human Rights Council 37th Session, 9 March 2018 Delivered by Deborah Brown (APC) Thank you, Mr. President. This statement is on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), ARTICLE 19, IFEX and Privacy International. Our organisations are gravely concerned about the growing crackdown by states on secure digital communi...

Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa
Written submission by Zenzeleni Networks, APC and the University of Western Cape on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill in South Africa 20 February 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, APC and University of Western Cape

In Notice 1293 published in Government Gazette No. 41261 dated 17 November 2017, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited written submissions on the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill. The date for submissions was extended to 31 January 2018 as a result of Notice 1390 published in Government Gazette No. 41312 dated 8 December 2017. This submission is premis...

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