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Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report
Examining Internet Freedom in Latin America: Costa Rica country report 27 March 2016 Cooperativa Sulá Batsú

Costa Rica has laws that recognise and protect the following rights: privacy, freedom of expression, honour, freedom of conscience, religion, association and assembly, and non-discrimination. The laws are backed up by national doctrine and jurisprudence, that is, judicial literature and sentences that recognise and mould an environment for the protection of these rights. Most of these rights are regulated by general norms, that is, laws or regulations that modulate the scope and limitations o...

How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights
How the technical community frames the Internet and economic, social and cultural rights 23 December 2015 Avri Doria

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the issues surrounding strategies for cooperation with the technical community in the effort to advance economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) on the Internet. The paper begins by describing the framework for the analysis of the functional environment of the technical community. The latter part of the paper outlines some opportunities for making progress. The analysis begins from the basic assumption that Internet rights are key to achieving human...

The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections
The Working Group on Internet Governance - 10th Anniversary Reflections 30 November 2015 Various authors. William J. Drake (editor)

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The UN General Assembly reviewed the progress made over the past decade and negotiated a text that addresses a number of global Internet governance issues. 2015 is also the 10th anniversary of a multistakeholder experiment that helped bring the WSIS to a successful conclusion: the Working Group on Internet Go...

Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet
Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet 19 November 2015 Various

This edition of GISWatch presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. We want to research how generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, are expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet. We also want to show how this relates to the threats of surveillance, censorship and online violence. Th...

Queering internet governance in Indonesia
Queering internet governance in Indonesia 14 November 2015 Kamilia Manaf, Dewi Nova Wahyuni, and Ikram Baadila

In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflict on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Internet. On the one hand, Internet has given space to the advancement of Human Rights including Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ). On the other hand, the technology creates a space, which preserves stat...

Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan
Expression Restricted: An Account of Online Expression in Pakistan 28 October 2015 Asad Baig and Sadaf Khan for Bytes for All, Pakistan

Freedom of expression is a universally accepted human right. As a signatory of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Pakistan has committed to uphold this right in the national constitution and through local laws. This report looks at how this right is framed in the legal structure in Pakistan and how it is practised, particularly in the digital spaces, by customisin...

Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia
Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia 28 October 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia)

This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia) has used a customised version of the APC-La Rue Framework to assess Malaysia’s record on arbitrary blocking or filtering of content, criminalising of legitimate expression, imposition of...

India: Limited Access Restricting Expression
India: Limited Access Restricting Expression 28 October 2015 Ritu Srivastava and Niki Shah for Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)

India is a country of paradox. In the era of information revolution, while India stands ranked among the top five contributors of the people who are online, it is also one of the top countries where more than 80% of the people have no access to internet, while more than 70% of women in rural India do not have access to a mobile phone. Through this research, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)...

Latin America in a Glimpse: Human rights and the internet (2015)
Latin America in a Glimpse: Human rights and the internet (2015) 15 October 2015 Derechos Digitales, APC and Coding Rights

This report presents a summary of the most relevant events with respect to human rights and the internet in Latin America in 2015. As the international community gathers at the Internet Government Forum (IGF) 2015, it is our hope that this summary can help broaden participants’ knowledge about the region. APC member Derechos Digitales coordinated this initiative, and developed it in partnersh...

Latin America in a Glimpse: Derechos humanos y la internet (2015)
Latin America in a Glimpse: Derechos humanos y la internet (2015) 15 October 2015 Derechos Digitales, APC and Coding Rights

Este documento es un resumen de lo más relevante sobre la situación de los derechos humanos e internet en América Latina durante 2015. Esperamos que esta iniciativa incremente el conocimiento de la comunidad internacional reunida en el Foro de gobernanza de internet (FGI) 2015 sobre la región. Esta iniciativa es coordinada por Derechos Digitales y desarrollada en conjunto con la Asociación...

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